“Not every soil can bear all things.”…Virgil
Bloom where you are planted, and if you can’t, transplant yourself. See this little guy here? Isn’t he stunning? We bought him over twelve years ago. He arrived with a bud and bloomed that year, but never again until now. Two years ago I transplanted him to another bed. I walked out of the house the other day, and to my great surprise he was in full bloom. Some things and people just take their own sweet time. And sometimes, it’s all about the soil.
“Anyone can have dirt. Gardener’s have soil.”
Sometimes people need to pick themselves up and transplant themselves in other gardens or they just need to fertilize the soil around them. We are given so many opportunities to reinvent our lives. While we are young, we are given the opportunity with each school transfer or move. Then the opportunity arises again with college or the work force. Then there is marriage, again new jobs, new neighborhoods or churches, and community organizations or other social clubs. These are not our only means to recreating our lives. We have the power to do it any time we want.
I was a late bloomer in life. However, as soon as I blossomed I became what I thought the soil around me required me to be. The remainder of my flowers were hidden in my soul. With each stage in life, I attached to the other flowers in my garden, and still refused to allow the rare flower within to bloom. It took me many years to realize that all I needed to do to bloom was change the soil around me. I didn’t need to fully transplant. I weeded my garden and cultivated my soul. Now, my life is in full bloom. It might not appear that way to my family, friends, or neighbors, but I feel the blooms deep inside shooting towards the sun.
“Growth is the only evidence of life.”…John Henry Cardinal Newman 1864
I actually had to step out of my flowerpot to experience my growth. I had to make myself uncomfortable and experience new things. Even though I seemed to have stayed the same for so many years, I think I was gradually taking shape. It took a little weeding and raking of my soul, some courage (fertilizer), and some experience (mulch). And one day, I simply embraced my life and unfolded my petals.
“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.”
There is hope in whoever you are today to become whoever you will be tomorrow. I’m not saying we can just name anything or anyone in the world and become that thing or person. I am saying that we each have within us the power to follow our dreams. We hold our abilities and desires deep within us. It’s a matter of reaching deep inside and coming face to face with ourselves…and then, anything is possible.