I really like this quote. It’s not the usual admonishment about patience. It’s not that you’re doing something wrong. It’s just reminding you that it might not be time to bloom yet. You’re under no obligation to “bloom” and be perfect or beautiful every day or all the time.
I can pretty easily apply this to the outward. I don’t even wear real clothes every day let alone do my hair and makeup. However, I need to remember this on other physical aspects. As much as I want to be a healthy weight one day, it doesn’t have to be today. I think I should work on good habits, of course. However, it doesn’t have to be my focus. My goal right now is just to take my medicines and work on having more good days than bad. To exercise for the sake of mobility. To eat right to regulate my blood sugar. One day the pounds will start to come off, but that’s not what I care about right now.
Another example would be working on my inner self. When I started on a self-discovery journey a few years ago, confident and happy was the ultimate goal. I would picture it like a flower blooming in all its glory. I forgot, though, that nothing blooms all year. Even after reaching that goal, there have been other times when the bloom fades and a new phase begins. Sometimes the sun shines and sometimes the rain pours. Both give me exactly what I need. Slowly but surely, I will bloom again.
Last October, my husband was knocked on his back for weeks due to illness. This is something that has never happened in our 15 years of marriage. He wasn’t dreadfully ill but the treatment was essentially just time. After that, my anxiety and depression flared up. Soon after getting that sorted out, my husband started a new position with his job which put more stress on me. Then came the holidays and I was sick for all of it. Fatigue lingered, and we think the culprit was low thyroid function.
After months of “growth”, I’m beginning to feel myself bloom again. It’s starting as a tiny bud, but I’m coming along. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts, for nothing endures forever. However, it won’t mean the end. It just means my blooming season is over for a time. All the while, hard work is going on but it’s completely NORMAL AND NATURAL to not see the blooms all the time.