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Secrets of the Resurrection Fern Actually Are Revealing

I have the privilege of living within 20 miles of a pristine Audubon sanctuary called Corkscrew Swamp.  What does that have to do with you and living your life?

Well, among other amazing characteristics of this beautiful place is it contains the largest stand of pristine, old growth Bald Cypress trees left in the United States. It’s a wondrous place that protects the habitat of innumerable flora and fauna.

A Catherdral of Bald CypressI could go on for hours about the various species of plants, animals and birds found in the swamp but my purpose is to focus on just one for this article.

It is the mystery of that plant that relates to how you live your life.

This particular plant grows on the trunks of downed trees or as high up as the broad branches of the Cypress trees. These little, green plants are so delicate in construction yet pervasive in their presence.

The featured image for this article shows some of them growing on the trunk of a fallen cypress tree. You can see them everywhere throughout the swampy forest. The plant’s common name is Resurrection Fern.

Interesting name, isn’t it?

The mystery and wonder of the Resurrection Fern and the reason for its name is how it deals with the ebb and flow of moisture in its environment. In the moist, humid time of the rainy season in Southwest Florida these little plants are just as I have described them.

However, the converse is true during the dry season. The beautifully delicate, little green plants shrivel up into brown, twisted, tortured clumps. They look as if they have died a horrible death from dehydration!

The typical visitor to the swamp would dismiss the brown, little dead looking clumps as a detraction from the beauty of the place.014

But, then comes the rain and wonder of wonders the brown, twisted little clumps begin to transform. Over a few hours, they transform themselves into the beautifully delicate little green ferns that they really are. They resurrect, if you will.

It’s an amazing feeling to watch these little plants reestablish the softness of their delicate, green fronds right before your eyes. It’s a process of renewal they go through time and time again as the environmental conditions change.

I see symbolism in the life cycle of the Resurrection Fern for each of us. We all have our times of physical, emotional, or spiritual drought. The key for us is to adjust to these times as the Resurrection Fern does and do what it takes to survive.

You must survive until the inevitable time comes when your physical, emotional or spiritual self is nourished and re-energized. A time when you return to the uniquely beautiful and wondrous miracle you are.

woman-591576_1920However, that time never comes in your life, if you don’t have an attitude of resurrection. An attitude that says whatever makes you feel like shriveling up and wasting away will pass because you will find a way to renew your pursuit of all that you can be, do and have in life.

One answer for creating and maintaining a “resurrection” attitude is in how you think about and effectively use time.  Consider the following thoughts. 86,400. Interesting number but what’s its relevance to you?

The number represents the number of seconds in each of your days in this life. You can’t stop those seconds. You can’t put them in a bank and save them. You have to have the knowledge and skills to use them most wisely, now.

b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900385751The first step to a more productive use of your time is the establishing of clear goals in each of three critical areas: Spiritual, Personal and Professional.

Each goal you establish has to be very specific as to what achieving the goal will look like.

You have to create a goal that you can measure so that you know how you are progressing toward it at all times.

Each goal should be something you can realistically achieve, yet also allow for you to stretch a little beyond what you have ever achieved before.

Probably most importantly each goal has to be relevant to you in a deeply emotional way.

Finally, each goal must have a specific target date by which time you will have achieved it.

Having clearly defined your goals, you must then allocate the time to work toward each. You should segment the steps to each goal into bite-sized pieces of time which allows you to incrementally work to the accomplishment of each goal. Each bite-sized piece of time has allocated to it the “To Do’s” necessary to successfully complete each step. Simple, huh?smartphone-570507_1920

But…hard, to be sure, because the above outlined process requires a passionate commitment to discipline yourself to follow your plan. Time talks to you every day and whispers, “I’m fleeting!”

The Resurrection Fern needs moist conditions to resurrect and maintain its healthy, delicate, green beauty.

You need to use the fleeting nature of time to your advantage so you can constantly resurrect your attitude of commitment to becoming all you can be, do or have.

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat are you going to do in taking the lessons learned from the Resurrection Fern and applying them to how you live your life?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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