A Controlled Burn
I live in Florida and lately we’ve been in a drought.
In order to decrease the likelihood of serious forest
and brush fires in this state, in the cooler months,
the authorities will order prescribed hazard reduction
burning of certain areas…or controlled burns.
Fires are set on purpose to reduce the amount of
fuel that would be available in the event that a
lightning storm or cigarette-butt tosser might
cause a fire to grow out of control.
And fires can recycle the nutrients that are tied
up in old plant growth, allowing for new growth.
It’s like nature’s version of de-cluttering!
It’s Not Pretty
Because controlled burns are “real fires” too,
there’s smoke, there’s flames, and there are acres of
blackened trees and ash left after one is done.
It’s not pretty.
Even though you know it’s all for a good cause,
it’s sad to see perfectly good trees burnt to the ground.
Green Out of the Blackness
But just a month or two after a controlled burn,
like magic (that of course isn’t magic), there’s all
this incredible green that begins to come up.
There is new growth everywhere,
coming up out of the charred blackness.
In life, there are times when a controlled burn
is also a very good idea…think “hazard reduction,”
just like the fire control authorities do.
You have to determine what areas need to be
trimmed of deadwood : old, dried-out stuff that
would just be a liability in a major future crisis.
Unfortunately, some live green stuff is going to
also have to be sacrificed while you’re doing a
controlled burn. Again, it’s not pretty.
You can’t just get rid of the dead stuff.
There may be some casualties as
you are making room for new growth.
What Do You Need to Get Rid Of?
Think of something in your life that is old,
dead, dried-up, weighing you down, and will
probably be a liability to you in the future when
the going gets tough….a life or health hazard.
It could be a habit, a commitment, a relationship,
an addiction, an obligation, a responsibility…
something that is unhealthy, toxic, or killing you
slowly…but so slowly you might not realize it
until it’s too late and the fire is out of control.
What would it be like to do a controlled burn?
What live, green things would be sacrificed as
part of doing a controlled burn?
What would be the good things you would
lose if you did the controlled burn?
What Would Like to Have More Of?
What would you be making room for in
the way of new growth by doing the burn?
What do you need more of in your life that
there is no room for now, because of all the
deadwood and dry brush taking up space?
Would it be worth it in the long-run to do the burn?
If the answer is yes, then get ready to light your fire!!! 🙂