It’s a Lot Like Life

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One of my favorite ways of shedding stress and returning to a balanced, centered outlook in life is to work with flowers.

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As I putter around in my yard, weeding, pruning, and watering, tending the growing things there, it has a way of tending to the growing things in me, as well.

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Knowing that the life-draining suckers of a rosebush need to be cut off, inspires me to do the same with the energy drains in my own life.

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Touching with care the new, tender leaves of the magnolias reminds me to touch with gentleness the newly budding areas in me.

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Seeing the lilies loaded with more buds than the previous year makes me think of the ways my own life has grown and added fruits, attesting to the maturing process I am going through.

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Finding amusement in the clown-like curls in the middle of the Dianthus encourages me to find laughter and levity in the circumstances in which I find myself.

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Providing fertilizer and water prompts me to remember that I, too, need to be intentional in seeking after rest and renewal, the encouragement and support of friends.

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In turning the dirt and loosening the roots, I think of how freeing it is to air the heavy emotions, to cry, and to be less critical of myself for needing to vent those feelings occasionally.

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When I remove a bucket of weeds and throw it in the compost pile, it makes me question what I have growing in my life that is detracting and sucking resources from the areas in which I truly want to flourish.

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 And in the evenings, when my work is done for the day and I sit in the middle of my beautiful flowers, I smile, knowing it is a work in progress; that while it may experience the set-backs of drought or aphids or the nibbling of deer, it will continue to grow…

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… and with the proper love and care, it will thrive.  Kinda like life.

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