Our Wisdom from a Cactus series continues: Be patient through the dry spells.
Deserts are regions that receive low and irregular amounts of precipitation. The location of the desert (high or low elevation) as well as temperatures (high or low) more specifically affect the amount of precipitation that desert plants receive. In photos I have posted, the desert can be very much alive with color- and that is certainly a surprise to a newcomer such as me.
Nevertheless, there are dry spells. And they can last for an extended length of time. A cactus has to ‘be patient during the dry spells.’
From their creation, cacti have been given a variety of mechanisms to conserve their resources. In a previous blog, I mentioned spines, thorns and prickles act as leaves for the cactus, but many cacti have a ribbed surface which also helps with water gathering.
In spite of various mechanisms, ultimately cacti simply have to make it through the dry spells- or not. If there is extended drought, parts of the cactus may simply dry out and wither away.
For cacti, it is quite obvious that dry spells refer to lack of water. But what about us? What do our dry spells look like?
Here are some possibilities: poor relationships, less productivity in your career, stresses in finances, emotional imbalance, and (add your own!).
The good news is that our dry spells don’t have to cause permanent damage! We have a choice about how we respond to the cycles of life!
If you find yourself in a dry spell, recognize it. Then be proactive about weathering the situation in a positive way so that when the ‘rains’ come, you are ready to grow because your roots are in place giving you the stability you need to soak up the water!
How can you be proactive?
Take an inventory:
- on your physical wellness habits: diet, activity, hydration, sleep, deep breathing- what needs to be improved, or started?
- on your relationships: family, friends, acquaintances- are there walls that need to be broken down?
- on your spiritual relationship with your Creator- do you have one; is it growing?
- on your finances- do you need to be creative about increasing your income which could definitely help reduce stress and increase productivity?
- on your passion, your purpose- do you know why you are here?
If you find that you are lacking in one of these areas, identify a small manageable step you can make that will head you in the right direction. Put the slight edge to work for you.
I’d be delighted to learn how you were patient through any dry spells that you experienced. Feel free to share your comments below.
If there is anything I can do for you, be sure to phone/text or email me. I’d love to hear from you.