Recently, my father-in-law was telling me about having his lawn dethatched. If you're not familiar with dethatching, it's a process that removes the thick layer of decaying plant material called thatch. This allows air, water, nutrients, and fertilizer to reach the soil more readily while allowing rain to drain more efficiently.
Some thatch (1/2 inch or less) is actually beneficial. It acts as a mulch to provide insulation from temperature extremes, helps keep moisture in the soil, and provides a protective layer of cushioning. However, when the thatch layer gets too thick, it can lead to problems. It can cause pests and diseases to thrive while reducing the amount of oxygen and moisture reaching the soil and grass' roots.
While walking this morning, I thought about how important it is to dethatch our minds from time to time. Over the years, our experiences have created a layer of beliefs that no longer benefit us. Maybe the beliefs were helpful at one time, but as we have grown and matured, the thoughts that once served us now hinder our growth. Heck, some of our most important beliefs are unconscious. Some experts say that over 90% of our current beliefs came from our childhood. Given to us from our parents, caregivers, school, and culture.
We need to look at our beliefs as the operating system that runs the more significant part of our lives. They determine if we're going to be happy or unhappy, rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, and broad-minded or narrow-minded on different topics. What I'm saying is that they are kind of important.
If we stop to think about this for a moment, it's absolutely terrifying. We inherit what we believe, most of which is unconscious, and all of it dramatically influences our lives. Yikes!
If you find yourself frustrated, struggling to grow, and hindered in reaching your full potential, it may be time to do some dethatching. This exercise in belief questioning will free you from all kinds of life limitations, including fear and living according to what's right for someone else but not for you.
Ask yourself: "Where did this belief come from?" and "Does it still work for me, or is it limiting me in any way?" If an idea no longer fits or is hampering you, ask yourself, "what might suit you better at this time?" It's possible to change your beliefs. Trust me. I've had to change a few in my life.
My prayer for you today is that you find the time and courage to dethatch your current beliefs. Be willing to do the work on yourself to find out why you believe the way you believe. The power is in your hands.
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