I love my plants. I have a humble collection in pots on the balcony. They’re like my children. A rewarding responsibility. And they’re all special. Many of them I’ve grown from seeds. Some have been given to me as gifts. And some I’ve rescued from the discounted bin/trolley of death. They each have a story to tell and a special spot in my heart/memory. I want to keep them all. And more. But the reality is I can’t. I have limited space and my taste in plants change too. Sometimes I have to let some of them go. To make space for new ones. This isn’t always easy to do. Because sometimes I get attached to them. And it’s difficult to part with the things that we love. But it has to be done. And it’s not a bad thing. It’s common sense and wise. It’s healthy to move on/forward. It’s natural to get rid of something old for something new to exist.
This post is not just about how to upgrade plants. It’s more about the idea of non-attachment. In a very basic definition, non-attachment is a state of being free/liberated from things. Objects/people or ideas. Attachment is the root/cause of suffering. And impermanence is a reality of life. By not clinging to things and by knowing that nothing lasts forever, we’re able to live in the moment and appreciate life/things on a deeper/fuller level. Life is short. And change is the only constant. Being attached to things can hold us back. It can keep us stuck/stagnant and locked up. Stubborn to try something new or evolve. The world/universe is an incredible/extraordinary place. Have faith in the future and god. And learn to let go. And go with the flow of life. 1
When it comes to plants, non-attachment is very helpful. Especially if you have limited space. If you no longer want a plant, simply remove it and move on. Sounds drastic but practical. Find it a new home, give it away, sell it or if you dare/must, throw it in the bin. And replace it with something new. There’s no need to feel guilty. It’s just your ego talking. (And if it’s any consolation, there’s a good chance that other specimens of its kind exists. So it won’t go extinct. And you can always replace it if you change your mind later.) If you’re sentimental, take a photo of it first. It can help. And remember, you still have the beautiful memories of it with you to keep. Yes, plants are special. But life is short and a journey. Get real and make things work/happen. There’s a lot to learn and explore. Don’t fear letting go. And don’t let anything hold you back.