In the winter of 2004-2005, 6 inches of rain fell on the dry earth of Death Valley in California. In a normal year it gets just 2 inches of rainfall, not enough for anything to grow let alone flourish.
But the heavy rain that winter made something extraordinary happen that saw geologists, botanists, photographers and tourists flock to the normally dead valley in their droves.
It was there all the time, just under the hard surface of scorched earth and rock. It just needed the right conditions to flourish.
Same goes for you.
Growth is impossible when the conditions are wrong
If you find yourself in a place where there’s no growth you’ll become hard and burnt like the valley floor. You’ll shrink from your environment. You’ll mistrust people, especially yourself. You’ll prioritise self-protection and withdraw from the world, because it’s too hard out there and there’s nothing to engage with.
Your environment has a huge impact on your ability to engage and put your dent in the universe. I learned this the hard way, having spent too long in the wrong environment and completely losing myself as a result. It sure wasn’t pretty.
Grow or diminish – it’s your choice
Here’s what I want you to do:
- Look around you – your friends, home, work, hobbies, health, relationships, finance, spirituality, nature, etc. Get a feel for how your whole environment is; everything you touch in any given day.
- What one thing can you change – either by adding, tuning or removing something in the environment directly or by changing a thought you have about something in your environment – that will help your environment feel more alive? What would make it easier for growth to happen or life to spring?
- Make a commitment, right now, to do that one thing.
Don’t underestimate the power your environment has on you, as well as your ability to create an environment that’s congruent with your growth – there’s an extraordinary bond there that can transform your experience.
As proved in Death Valley, life wants to spring; it wants to put its face to the sun.
What change are you making?