By Tracey Craigon
We are here to add what we can to life,
not to get what we want from it. (William Osler)
“Bloom where you’re planted.” This phrase has poked its head out at me several times lately. In fact, I came across this phrase yesterday when I was looking through a friend’s photos. There was a picture of a flower growing up alongside a concrete wall, out of a crack in the road. I like the message that this phrase carries for me—be content with what I have been given; to make the most of my gifts, talents, abilities, to tend to my environment and flourish there, wherever the “there” is that I may find myself in the moment … to be at peace with who and where I am and trust that my needs will be met so that I will not only survive but thrive.
Sometimes this isn’t an easy message to accept. Sometimes I find myself wanting to be anywhere but where I am. Sometimes I find myself wishing for more (or less) of something or someone, including myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m growing or if I’ve been planted at all!
I’ve realized that the “where you are planted” can be more than one place. Blooming implies having roots, some kind of attachment to a foundation, some kind of source that keeps me fed and alive and growing, opening up to new life and giving of my unique self. Blooming requires an awareness of the season … God’s grace and wisdom to let it shape me into what I am intended to be.
I relax and accept that I have a purpose
right here, where I am.
© Tracey Craigon 2016
Bloom was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Tracey Craigon
Tracey has had a knack for writing since childhood. Her love of the craft has led to explorations in poetry, journalling, song writing, blogging, calligraphy, and fiction. She is considering writing a book about some of her faith experiences. Presently, Tracey lives in Winnipeg and teaches ESL. She recently certified as a Personal Trainer and helps others enjoy the benefits of fitness. Tracey’s other interests include prayer, language, singing, cooking, HIIT workouts, and dance.