Have you ever found yourself impatient for the next step?

You decide where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to feel and how you want the big picture to look and then you just want to snap your fingers and make those goals and visions come to life!

Patience is not one of my strong points. I can take forever and a day to make a decision but then I’m ready to see action and get from point A to point B, like yesterday. Can you relate?

I’ve also found that this has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older and my list of things I want to get done has continually grown longer. When I think about how to check it all off and fit it all in, my first thought is that I simply need to go faster. The faster I go, the more I can accomplish and the sooner I can move on to the next thing.

But, I have found that faster does not always mean better nor does it even equate to forward progress. Rather, I have found that faster makes me sloppy, makes me feel chaotic and rushed and many times unhappy with the end result.

Here’s something else I have learned: good things take time to grow!

Those big dreams of yours filling your Happy Balance Planner to reach new limits and accomplish goals that literally get you out of bed each day…they take time to grow into.

The relationships that fuel your days and fill your heart with joy…they take time to grow.

The balance that you crave and the ideas that you have to create that on the daily…it takes time to grow. 

Growth of any kind takes time. 

Especially growth that is sustainable and going to produce something with longevity. You might not always feel like you have the time to wait (raising my hand because I am SO guilty of this thought!) but it also happens to be essential to growing something that has any chance of withstanding any challenge or hardship it might face in the future.

Gardening is the perfect example of this. A few months ago we planted this flower bed with each plant perfectly spaced and I was immediately impatient wanting it to all grow in.

Just like with anything else, waiting is the hard part.

You think you didn’t plant enough, that you didn’t plant the right things or that maybe you didn’t water enough. But then a little bit of time goes by, you remain persistent in giving a lot of TLC and before you know it…

Things have bloomed.

Things have grown.

Things have matured.

This weekend our little garden reminded me that growth takes time and patience and all the TLC. You have to let roots develop to build a solid foundation from which strength and beauty can bloom. It’s during the in between where you think nothing is happening or changing that you are actually doing the work under the surface that supports every step to come!

You’re building strong roots and a strong foundation from you which you can grow into the person you want to be, doing all the things you want to do!

All those gaps you want to leap over and fill…see those as opportunities to build strength and direction. Think of the gaps as active recoveries in between the steps in your journey and the points at which you actually gain the ability to grow fully into the gap between your present and your future.

So, that dream you want to grow into…give yourself grace, time and patience to build solid roots.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in full bloom!