Great Results from Small Efforts

August 1st, 2016

Sometimes it's the little efforts that create great results.
We have an impressive crabapple tree in our backyard that reaches its branches up and over our yard and grows just a few feet from our back door.  The branches have been proven over the years and they twist and reach up and out from its gray textured bark.  In early Spring it explodes into thousands of pink blossoms creating a graceful, pink canopy.  It is breath-taking in sight and sound as it gives an abundance of nectar for emerging bees.  As the petals drop, the leaves unfurl and this pink umbrella transforms it into green.
One year, we noticed that by early July the leaves were dropping covering the lawn with yellowed sickly leaves, like it was September, making the tree look quite bare. We learned that it was caused by a fungus from the red cedar and the only cure was to cut down the red cedar, and meticulously rake up and dispose of all the leaves. Well, part of this canopy hovered over our flower garden, as well as the lawn and proved difficult to rake. It became the job that never got done, even though the cedar tree was long gone. We procrastinated until last summer. I heard the same advice again over the radio, rake up all the leaves, dispose of them in paper bags for the city compost.  And this year instead of ignoring it, I found the fan rake and raked up the leaves and put them in a green waste bag. I did it 3 times last summer. It didn't take more than a ½ hour each time.
This spring, once again, the tree exploded into pink blossoms – such an exquisite site against the clear blue Spring skies. Bees arrived, blossoms faded much too soon, fell and carpeted the area in pink.  The leaves once again filled in and created a deep green canopy of shade.
But this year, with August quickly approaching, very few leaves have fallen!  Instead of looking like  skeletonized branches, the canopy is rich, full of lush looking healthier-than-ever green leaves! And in this scorching summer it’s giving us much needed shade as well as all the other wonderful magic that leaves do for us, and for itself.  
One small task made all the difference to the health of the tree and to the quality of life in our back yard.
It got me thinking – what are areas of my life that need just a little attention maybe a little cleanup attention that could create more health, positivity, balance, even joy - something I’ve been procrastinating, convincing myself that it would take “too long”?  (Like writing this post!)?
And you… What are possible areas in your life that could use that well advised attention – decluttering, cleanup or attention that would move you from surviving to thriving?
Sometimes all we need is a little encouraging,  a little accountability,  and support to sort things out and come up with a simple plan.  A plan that has you simply start the task.  Coaching could be just the tool that will get you started.  It could be the very thing, with just a little effort, could get rid of unwanted and unneeded habits, that strip you of energy, joy or confidence. Coaching could be the very thing that allows you to “rake up those leaves” and create a healthier environment for you.
I would love to hear from you and schedule a session so see what kind of “tools”  would help you get your “work” done.  My number is 705-749-0461 and I am around this summer, sitting out in my back yard admiring that crab apple tree.
All the Best,
Pam