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Mmmm Growth, Sweet and Delicious


I love pomegranate seeds but they are just so darn expensive!


In March, a friend gave me a whole pomegranate when she visited. I was not sure what to do with it and I thought to myself I don't know how to peel or eat a pomegranate.


That was well over a month ago. It was before my birthday trip to Costa Rica. #dontjudgeme


This pomegranate had been staring at me everytime I opened my refrigerator. Until last week when I was cleaning out my refrigerator to go on a retreat. Here's what you don't know about me… before I go on a trip my brain can't pack until the house is clean.


Laundry needs to be done. Beds made up. Throw blankets folded neatly. Clothes put away. Refrigerator emptied… THEN and only then will my brain let my body pack my bags. I even have to have my travel food sitting on the kitchen counter for my journey. Like literally, I have to be able to look to my right, left, upstairs and downstairs and feel clarity.


I make sure my tenant and my neighbors know I’m traveling. My family has my travel information. Then, with that clear slate, I grab my bags and load them. It does not take long. I have a standard travel list from all my travels.


Sooooo, back to the pomegranate that was staring me up and down. It had been shrinking. The color had changed on the outside and it was getting hard. Clearly it couldn't be any good. I should just dump it. Ugh.


Gulp.


My internal side-eye stopped me and I recalled hearing her tell me that night, ‘It’s easy, you just cut it open and tap the seeds out.’


Hmm. Okay. Okay. The pomegranate twisted my arm and I DID IT! It wasn't that easy but the seeds were so sweet and delicious!



I had a house guest so I loudly announced, “this interruption is brought to you by discomfort and growth.” And I shared my revelation:


Growth is available when you lean into discomfort.


She yelled when I said this.


‘Did you write that down?’ Huh? ‘Write that down right now!’


Mind you, I’ve got both hands full of pomegranate and I'm still “packing” for my Amtrak train. I responded, I’m a little busy right now. Shows hands. Why don't you send me a text message? She did. I told her to send the phrase pomegranate story too, so I would know what she was talking about.


Growth is available when you lean into discomfort.


This was such a big lesson for me.


Now as I'm writing this newsletter and sitting on the Amtrak looking at trees and the Hudson River, I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor by not throwing out something that was good and sweet. Good, sweet, delicious and good for me. A gift from someone I love all because I put in five minutes of effort. I even had a lot of thoughts about the difference between how something appeared and what was true. Don’t judge a book by its cover…


I have leaned into the unknown more times than I can remember and I got to reap the benefits. And I still have to push myself. Throwing away food is a big “no-no” for me so I am glad I tried something new even with limited time.


Where in YOUR life have you wanted to give up on something when a bit more effort could be the breakthrough?

How have you been afraid of the unknown and unwilling to try?

I'd love to hear from you, support you and encourage you to lean into the unknown. As you can see from this story, I'm still a glorious work in progress.


INjoy,


dionne

Author, Coach & Chief Joy Connector


P.S. Did you register for the Goddess Vibe Summit? I don't want you to miss me on the 19th. I promised I would tell you.


P.P.S. My woosah weekend in MA was AWESOME. Are you gonna woosah with me in Fire Island? Only 4 beds left. Friday, June 9th - Sunday, June 11th, 2023.




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