Just the other day I read this quote: “When you’re in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. BLOOM.” I have no idea who wrote it but I think it’s good advice and I’m going to take it. Now I should explain that I don’t feel as though I’ve been in a dark place OR buried. However, life happens and I’ve had a lot going on and my blog has suffered for it. So now I’m going to BLOOM where I have previously planted.
How does one bloom though? A flower needs nourishment and it helps not to be crowded by weeds. What are the weeds in our lives that prevent us from blooming? I think if the weeds had names they would include Too Busy and No Time to Listen. Encouragement from others is a form of nourishment. Sometimes I wonder if we don’t recognize encouragement for what it is because the weeds in our life prevent us from seeing it. Maybe we don’t even hear it.
There are times when I think a flower blooms even when the weeds are choking it and I think it’s because at some point one day it tasted the morning dew and felt the warmth of the sun and that made all the difference. Somehow it managed to get away from the weeds just enough to bloom.
Think about encouraging others to bloom. What does that require? Sometimes all it takes is listening to someone’s dreams. Perhaps it means speaking words of encouragement. Maybe all it requires is a smile. All of these mean a little bit of time.
Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me to blog again. As I blog, I will bloom, right where I am.
Where do you need to bloom, or want to bloom? Please leave a comment.