The first time I saw “Bloom Where You Are Planted” was on a greeting card by artist, Mary Engelbreit. This quote really struck a chord with me and I have always loved it. When you think about it, blooming where you are planted is sometimes a very daunting task! It is easy to thrive if all conditions are perfect; but to grow when and where there are difficult situations is very impressive. Regardless of whether its people or plants it takes a hardy soul be able to withstand these often less than ideal growing conditions.
As a gardener, I like to push the envelope when it comes to planting plants that are considered only appropriate for my zone. I like to plant tropical plants and some of the more delicate plants recommended for zones 6-9 in my zone 5 conditions. Some of these plants have definitely been hardier than others, but overall most have shown great resilience. I believe people are like that too. If you think of those who have had rough situations; some not only survived but thrived under those conditions!
Both people and plants can become complacent! We all need to push the boundaries occasionally and bloom where we are planted. Most of us have no choice about when or where we are born and raised and nursery plants face the same situation…we are all just in it together !!
In life the only thing that is consistent is change and all of us have to adapt. I am a child of the 60s and so I have a personality that tries to go with the flow as much as possible. I am most grateful for the journey and realize that I can control little of what life brings me. I thoroughly enjoy plants and people that can survive under pressure. They teach me so much!! Remember, adversity often builds character in people and some of the most gorgeous plants come from the harshest climates.
“May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love” ( A Prayer from St. Therese)
Grace each day with thanks, Sara