What the hosta can teach us

Every year I watch in the spring with anticipation as a tiny bloom makes its way up out of the ground where my hostas are planted.  All winter there is no visual representation of what is below the ground’s surface – but I have lived in my home for years so I know they are there.

Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, are shade plants. They are perennials and go dormant in the winter. Each year in March – April the dormant buds begin to swell and break through the ground covered in mulch. From May – June the leaves are formed and there is rapid leaf and root growth. June – August brings formation of the seed pods. August – September the new “dormant” buds begin to develop that will go through the cold dormancy.  These will produce the new shoots and leaves of the plant in the next spring.  In September – November the plant prepares for dormancy and then from December – March the plant actually goes dormant.

So, what does this have to do with us as business owners?  First, as it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”.  There is a time for the plant to bloom and a time to go dormant. For us the same could be said. There is also a time for our business to grow and a time to maintain. 

Next, notice the hosta has a time of rest (dormancy).  Do we take time to rest our bodies and our minds? This creates balance for us and health. Imagine if the hosta did not go dormant to rest – there would be no energy stored for the push out of the ground in the spring. The buds would wither under the soil and the weight.

Notice how the hosta breaks forth.  It is not as a fully formed plant with the leaves all spread.  It is a tiny shoot all wrapped in on itself. Once it breaks free of the ground it can start to expand and grow.  What is keeping you held down? Don’t let fear of having to show up in “full bloom” stop you. Start pushing forth, then begin to spread your leaves a bit.  Once you have established your place, you can then grow roots and leaves!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He makes all things beautiful in its time”.  Give yourself time – time to grow, time to spread your leaves, time to create roots and time to rest. Each season of your life and business can be beautiful.