Nurture the Seed and it will Blossom.
I saw these words on an add on my FB page for planting a native tree. I couldn’t help but relate this to raising a child. What a beautiful metaphor.
You may not have been nurtured the way you needed as a child but you can nurture yourself now and create the life you love.
Apologies to my subscribers for late posting due to being on the road and lack of wi-fi. My previous attempts on my phone proved frustrating and my speel got deleted before posting! Aaargh, the joys of modern technology. I took it as a sign that I was meant to be focusing on the present moment…the people and places I was surrounded by right there and then.
I’m back in nature for a month, so we’ll see what bubbles up from within whilst I’m immersed in the glory of New Zealand’s native bush. Location: Catlins Coastal Rain Forest, Southland, South Island. Believe me it’s delish for a forest and bird lover like me.
I’m quite a reflective person in general but there’s something about being in nature that gets heightened for me. On my drive down south, with hours of open road and countryside, I couldn’t help but marvel at just how miraculous the cycles of life and death are. Trees withdraw energy from their leaves during winter and hibernate, (a bit like me) appearing dead. Then, as if by magic (which it is) months later, slowly new life begins to emerge until it’s in full bloom again, bearing fruit for animals and humans to enjoy until the weather signals the time to recede again. These cycles continue all around us but how much notice do we actually take of this amazing process?
I think too of the cycle of life and death and natures rhythms and how I am a part of it too, as are you. I don’t like to think about dying myself, that stuff happens to other people, but I can’t imagine it happening to me although I know it will. As sure as night follows day, I too will die, return to the ground and be food for the worms. And it’s a fate none of us can escape. I remember my Head Mistress at high school telling me that the only certainty in life was death. Charming, I thought.
So along with the knowledge of my inevitable fate and getting older, I’m so much more appreciative of the little things in life; a flower budding, a stranger’s smile, the warmth of the sun on my back. For some they will never experience those things again. I am grateful.
Also, I am increasingly resolved to enjoy my life. Cliched as it sounds, we do not know when this precious life will finish, when we will draw our last and final breath and I am doing my best to make the most of the life I have.
We are responsible for this gift of life we have been given. We are responsible for creating the life we want to live, a life we love, deserve and enjoy. The word ‘enjoy’ is made up of in-joy. I want to be in a state of joy more often and being in nature is a big part of that for me.
What brings you joy? DO MORE OF IT!!
I love the words I heard on an Abraham Hicks video once (I think), about “having your hands in the clay of your own life”. Get stuck in and mould it to be what YOU want it to be.
If you are unhappy, change something!
If you can’t change the circumstances, you can change yourself to handle them differently.
We ALWAYS have choices. We may not like what those choices are but we always have them.
This is your life.
Nurture the seed that is your life and it will blossom.
(c) Karen Lighthouse
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