I love living in the desert and truly admire the Saguaro Cactus, the largest cactus in the United States. Although we have three months of blazing hot temps, the rest of the year is near perfect for hiking. Throughout Arizona, you will find the Saguaro Cactus when conditions are right. If the elevation is too high, the cold weather and frost can kill the saguaro. Located in the Sonoran Desert here in Phoenix, the Saguaro is rare to other parts of the world, usually only seen here and in parts of Mexico.
A Saguaro Cactus can weigh as much as 3200-4800 pounds and is a slow grower, taking upwards of 90 years to extend an arm. They typically don’t live more than 200 years, but they can reach heights upwards of 78 feet tall! I believe we can learn much from these amazing desert dwellers:
- Stand Tall! Even if you haven’t spouted your arms yet, be proud of what you have accomplished today!
- Reach for the sky! We all have limited time. Why waste it? Go for it!
- Be patient through the dry spells. We all hit the valleys, and some can be extremely dry and harsh. Hang on tight as rain WILL come.
- Conserve your resources. Be wise and smart with what you have. Take risks but also have a backup plan.
- Think long term. We all know not to check our stocks and investments on a daily basis. Keep focused on your daily objectives but remember to think the big, long-term picture.
- Wait for your time to bloom. I just wrote about how timing is everything, and our time WILL come. We have to trust and believe it will but also wait for the exact time for us.
- Lastly, stay sharp! The Saguaro protects itself and wards off threats. Be on top of your game; be informed; stay connected; and keep growing, even if it is at a Saguaro Cactus pace.
Love life lessons? Pick up a copy of my husband’s book, Lessons from the Sea, where he shares his Bering Sea stories and what the school of hard knocks taught him.