© 2014 Lynsey

Bloom where you’re planted


Earlier this year I saw this statement somewhere. Somewhere. Who knows we you see anything these days? I read all day every day and I haven’t read a book from cover to cover in an age. I read the statement online, in a magazine, or on a wall – somewhere.

At the time I was finding things a bit difficult – I felt that I wasn’t making any progress. Sure, I was getting through the day, but I didn’t really feel things were working as they should or ideally could. I kept thinking about what it might take or mean to bloom where you’re planted. I took it to mean stay where you’re put. I’ve planted thousands of plants, and they usually stay right where they’re planted. Good, bad, or otherwise.

We were told as kids to, “Take what you’re given or go without.” Depending on what was on offer; sometimes I’d opt for the “without” option. Plants don’t have that option. They have to make do with the soil and conditions they’re planted in. If the environment isn’t to their liking they don’t bloom. If things are bad enough, they weaken and die. We all do.

Plants don’t give up easily. They grow and make the changes they can to make the best of the situation they find themselves in. I sought some professional advice, made some changes to my attitudes and perspectives, and made a number of changes to my environment. Things began to look up.

I came to realise blooming was less about taking what I was given. It was more about using what I had available to make the best of the situation. Make a move, improve, innovate, move again.

Manifesto
04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.
48. Every day there are things you can’t change. You can change the way you think about them and deal with them.

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