Bloom ~ a beautiful process of becoming
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
As winter’s gray sky begins to turn blue, seeds sprout to blooms and cooler days turn to warmer ones ~ a reminder to me that humans align pretty well with the typical progression of nature.
What’s been less than bright and pristine ~ things that have left us feeling cold and maybe in a time when our personal blooming (in our eyes) is minimal ~ as long as one has breath, there’s still the possibility of blooming again or maybe even for the first time.
Withered brown leaves, broken branches, flimsy stems, or timid blooms ~ possibly from too much sun, too much shade, lack of water or being overwatered, insufficient fertilizer or being scorched from the effects of over fertilizing, inappropriate placement in the environment, insufficient pruning….issues with growth always to be considered
Some flowers require very unique and specific care from an individual while others adapt and thrive beautifully simply because they’re a part of nature.
“There is a part of blooming which I did not understand, you see. You can be a flower all your life but still not understand it. Blooming is one thing; but blooming where you are planted is another. It's so easy to say, "I will bloom when I am there", but you need to be saying, "I will bloom right here, where I was planted." Because until I bloom "right here", I'm never going to actually bloom; because we cannot do it in concept, you see, we must bloom now. We must bloom here. The flower must trust.”
C. JoyBell C.
So it is with humans ~ the responsibility rests with each to cultivate, prune, plant, re-plant, and fertilize throughout life to hopefully produce healthy blooms.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
“Bloom where you are planted.”
All photographs I took at the beautiful Young Harris College campus 4.11.21
From a mountain girl’s heart