Are you ready to blossom?
It’s the second month of spring and the honeysuckle tree covering our chicken shed is in full bloom! I’ve enjoyed seeing this happen for the last 22 years. But what’s even more beautiful is the strong and exquisite fragrance which is filling the entire backyard. (Mum told me once that when she was growing up, it was very common for people to use honeysuckle trees to cover their outside toilets … for obvious reasons!)
Honeysuckle tree covering our chicken shed
Yesterday when I was outside, I noticed quite a few buds that had fallen off the tree onto the ground after last night’s rain. As I picked one up, I noticed it was all covered with dirt and its petals were starting to fall off, the bud was starting to die.
Then I had another thought.
Please don’t let me ever be like this bud!
No-one ever saw its true magnificence and glory. No-one ever got to smell it’s extraordinary fragrance. No-one ever saw it reach it’s true potential.
Do you find God speaks to you through nature?
That’s what happened to me through this experience.
Seeing that bud on the ground, got me thinking …
How do we avoid remaining a tightly formed bud instead of becoming beautiful blossom?
I think for me a key to blossoming has a lot to do with the fact that I care very little these days about what others think of me. It’s such a liberating place to be! It wasn’t always that way, because for much of my life I needed and sought the approval of those in authority, and even my peers. Yes – being an approval addict will definitely cause you to remain in a “bud.”
Some years ago, I came to a place of being very comfortable in my own skin knowing that I have God’s approval – and that’s good enough for me! I think that coming to that place of security in who I am was the foundation I needed to blossom in life.
Recently I came across these words by Anais Nin, and they really seem to fit in here …
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” (Anaïs Nin)
The quote is saying that blossoming WILL involve taking risks. I agree.
It is a definitely a R.I.S.K. to open up our hearts for all our friends and the world to see what’s inside!
It make us feel very vulnerable doesn’t it? After all, we could be rejected by others, or we might fail in their eyes. Let’s face it. It’s not nice to have our delicate petals bruised or crushed.
Yet Anais Nin is also saying this: It is MORE painful to remain in a bud, than the risk it takes to blossom.
I love the quote because I think it’s so true.
If I choose NOT to bloom, my true potential as a human being stays locked up – just like a tightly formed bud with each petal perfectly pressed together protecting it’s beauty.
It’s been quite a while now since I made the decision that I am no longer content with remaining in a “perfect bud”.
For me, being bruised or rejected does not even come close to the tragedy it would be to not risk blossoming. And I think that’s the real meaning of the quote.
So here I am. Not perfect, but FREE to blossom, have a go and be the me I was created to be.
Do you relate to the quote?
Today I would love to encourage you to be courageous and open up to your full blossoming potential too.
Make a decision to RISK being your TRUE self, not only in your personality but when it comes to your dreams. Make sure you are living YOUR dreams, not someone else’s. To blossom you must live in such a way that you are being TRUE TO YOURSELF.
The real and authentic YOU is a GIFT – and you are needed!
Blossoming is risky, but honestly, do you really care that much? Isn’t it worse to remain a bud?
You owe the world the gift of seeing your exquisite beauty.
Spring is a season in which to FULLY blossom, so don’t just remain a bud!
Love and blessings,
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