Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bloom Where You're Planted

I found myself out in the yard planting and weeding this morning. I love this time of year. Each day there is something new in the yard that is bigger and better than the year before. I noticed the growth of the plants that I carefully placed years before. They look so hardy and at home in their spots. I then noticed the plants that were not placed by me. The rebel seeds that come up in every crack or flower bed that they find. They are just as strong and fervent as the well placed plants. As cheesy and cliche as it is, it got me started thinking about the phrase "Bloom Where You're Planted".

I have lots of friends facing tough job situations. They have either been told to leave their school, told to change their room, change their grade or to leave teaching permanently. The budget cuts are hitting us hard and it is tough for all of us. But the phrase "Bloom Where You're Planted" fits perfectly to how these women are handling their situations. They are going to stay strong, tough it out and bloom.

I also felt this phrase fit with our AnnaKate too. We did not choose to have a daughter with special needs. We did not choose this path. But just like one of my rebel seeds that did not get to choose it's location-we are thriving.

I hope that no matter what life deals me, I can "Bloom Where I am Planted."

*My mother will be pleased to see this lesson that I have learned. She has always felt there is a lot to learn in the garden.


Anonymous said...

Is this really a Mothers Day tribute?? Remember to listen to the garden Mom

Cindy said...

Beautifully expressed! Happy Mother's Day!

Brandi said...

Oh Kelly, that phrase is beautiful! I can so relate to your story. I LOVE gardening, I love watching things bloom. I'm sure that for now on when I see my garden blooming I will be able to relate it to my beautiful family that is blooming all around me. Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Throughout high school, I went to EYC retreats at church. One of the sayings that was repeated over and over, year after year was "Bloom where you are planted." It has always had a special meaning to me as well!


Anonymous said...

Well said, my friend. Thanks for somemuch needed inspiration, and YES, I am crying at your blog post AGAIN. ;)
I love you. Cat

Holly said...

Do you know that you just took my breath away. I am sending you a picture of what I hung over my kitchen door on Friday.