• Claudia Lee-Ottman

Growth Permit


Today I wanted to grow.


After relocating, I was reflecting on my professional qualities. Since I hear my thoughts the clearest when surrounded by nature, I stepped outside. As I wandered I noticed a silver fern and stopped, hoping it might unfurl before my eyes and teach me how to grow. Oddly, the longer I studied it the louder nature spoke to me.


The bristly coil possessed everything it needed to know about how to grow. The fern didn't doubt its ability, seek acceptance from a fern friend, or waste time on comparison to other ferns before growing. It simply grew toward the potential it possessed. If it experienced too little sun, too much rain, high winds or a big foot, it didn't get scared, it worked to adapt.


I had to admit if a fern knew how to grow I should be able to grow too. We are not powerless. We too have an innate ability to adapt, to access and utilize resources to help us reach for our potential. And like the fern, we don't require permission; the key to growth is something we already possess within us.


"And the day came when the risk to remain in a tight bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin