Thursday, February 4, 2010

Controlled Burn

Envision your mind as a vast prairie lush with growth. Daily needs interweaved with dreams and ideas. With such fertile ground, the area soon becomes overgrown and perhaps non-indigenous species are introduced that begin to choke out aspects of your true self.

In nature, a storm may come along with intense lightning and set the landscape ablaze. When man maintains a prairie, every few years we go through and do a controlled burn to, in essence, reboot the land. A number of plants in these habitats in fact require fire to germinate. The fire may also cleanse the land of the introduced species that did not evolve to survive such an extreme.

When you look at your life do you feel like you need a machete to clear a path? Perhaps what you really need is a controlled burn: a fresh start. Like the prairie, you can renew and live the life you should be. Essential needs will grow back and perhaps you will come across something long forgotten which was buried beneath the overgrowth.

This can be a rather extreme approach, but can be the most rewarding in the long run. It takes serious contemplation and may need someone to light the fire for you. Know anyone with a match?

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