One simple act of beauty yesterday brought me back to a powerful lesson in life: Bloom anyway.
These times we are navigating where so much must be left to high levels of government and other agencies for the time being leave us feeling more than just a little helpless. We are restricted in movement and natural life patterns. We are just hearing the first, limited suggestions of moving forward into a gradual reopening of society. We have learned to be still and be patient for our good and the greater good of our communities. We have actively home-centered our lives to deal with this unprecedented situation—as we should.
All this is correct. But in doing so, we must also remember the other half of the equation. We must bloom anyway.
On the weekend, I took the sunny afternoon to play outside: yard work, a long walk and a spin on my bicycle. It was fabulous. But when I was raking the mountain, I accidently raked over a young daffodil in bud. Cut it off on its stem. I felt so bad that I had snuffed out its blooming time that I took it into the house and put the stem with the bud into a small vase of water. Even underdeveloped and closed-up, it was beautiful. I put it on my bathroom counter and finished my day.
The next morning, I got up to find that the bud had bloomed overnight and opened into a fresh burst of springtime beauty in my bathroom. What a gift! Cut off on its stem and in bud, it still found the power to bloom. It bloomed anyway.
It brought to mind one of the chapters in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance called “Bloom Where You’re Planted” (It’s the June 21 entry, if you want to look it up). Based on a quote from Mary Englebrett, Sarah’s entry talks about choosing to bloom regardless of your situation. It had been one of my favourites in the collection and still holds up this week upon revisiting.
In it, Sarah writes, “As I have tried and failed and tried again, I have discovered that if we are to flourish as creative beings, if we are to grow into Wholeness, we must bloom wherever we are planted. Right now, you may not have the perfect career, home or relationship. Few of us do. But if you have the gift of today, you’ve got another chance to re-create your circumstances and make them as perfect as it’s possible to do with the resources you have. Today, you get another chance to get it as right as you can make it. What more could you desire?”
Good question. What more could we desire, even right now with the world upside down? If we are holding steady with our limited lives, taking care of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities as directed, life continues. And life is now spring.
Spring is God’s reminder that life is full of second chances, and that every day is a new beginning if we choose to make it so.
My little daffodil reminded me beautifully that spring hasn’t been cancelled, nor has its promise of renewal, growth and positive redirection. That’s light at the end of the dark tunnel. Time to turn and feel that light on our faces.
Talk next week,