Saturday, 16 May 2015
Saturday Ponderings . . .
“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
For years I resisted change because I was afraid that growth was always a painful process. I guess it had seemed that most of the lessons I had learned in life, and my opportunities to grow . . . had always been accompanied with a lot of agro and misery. It suddenly occurred to me though . . . that in resisting change and growth, I was also wasting a lot of time, creative energy and emotion. Things that could be better spent on other things.
Why does change come with such difficulty? Why do we allow ourselves to become stuck in ruts? I think the greatest stumbling block to freeing ourselves from these chains is fear. Fear of change, fear of stepping out into the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of failure . . . In giving in to our fear I think we fail ourselves. I think we prevent ourselves from becoming and being the best that we can be. The whole reason for our presence here on earth is to grow and stretch, and to become the best that we can be. We cannot do that without expanding our boundaries.
There is a scripture that says that in our weakness we are made strong. Who has not heard the story of the old man and the butterfly?? An old man was once watching a butterfly struggle to emerge from it’s cocoon. As he watched it struggle frantically in it’s cocoon to free itself, he began to feel sorry for it. It was working so hard, and seemingly getting nowhere. He thought to help it a bit by taking a pair of scissors and cutting it free. When he had done, so the butterfly lay there limp and unable to fly. In his eagerness to help, the man had missed the great secret to a butterfly’s strength, for it is in the struggle to free itself from the cocoon that the butterfly strengthens it’s wings enough to be able to actually fly.
And so it is with life. It is through the struggles and the agonies we suffer that we too are made strong and beautiful. It is in the growth that we learn and evolve and become what we were truly sent here to become. Change is not always bad. We need to exercise our wings and break free from our cocoons. It truly is a good thing.
I know it is a bit early in the year, but . . . if you can, try to find one perfect rosebud in your garden or at a flower shop if need be. Pick it and place it in a small vase on your desk or night table. Then sit back and watch it bloom.
“Each blade of grass has it’s Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”’
I believe that we are likewise blessed. Let us listen to it’s voice and bloom where we are planted.
Just my thoughts this morning.
I did another angel girl yesterday. This one is Virtue. This is the weekend of the big Licensing Fair in NYC. I have my fingers crossed someone will want to pick up my work.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
Sometimes I need only to stand
wherever I am to be blessed.
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Rhubarb and Strawberry Slices. So tasty!
I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday! Don't forget . . .
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And I do too!