In mid-October, I noticed a plant growing in my courtyard right off my kitchen. It was quite tenacious and kept getting taller even as the temperatures kept getting cooler. Eventually, I noticed a large bud forming at the top of the stalk. By this point, it was late October. We had had some pretty chilly weather, but it didn't stop the plant from growing taller. I checked on it every day, willing it to bloom before we had a hard freeze.
I was guessing it was some variety of sunflower that had come from the bird seed I had sprinkled in that area over the summer. It had a thick, fuzzy stalk about a foot and a half tall with big green leaves.
Then, finally, it began to reveal itself over several days. Those days were filled with a cold, steady rain and windy gusts, but this flower disregarded the inclement weather and kept to its task, unfurling its big yellow petals.
It was open a few days before we had our first hard freeze. This flower was starting life when all the other plants around it were ending their short lives.
I went out and cut it and brought it inside that evening before it froze, in an attempt to prolong its life a bit more.
This flower started growing where its seed landed. The seed, meant to be eaten by birds, had been tossed into a bed of rocks. And yet, it found enough soil to plant itself and sprout and grow. The flower did what it could; grow and bloom, even though it was fall, when plants die or hibernate here in Minnesota. The flower did not stop or give up, it simply grew and bloomed, giving us pleasure in watching it.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
I have done this over and over in my life, but it was only recently that I learned this quote. And I find these words to live by encouraging and inspiring.
Each of us have different places to start and various gifts to bring to the table, and we can all make a difference doing what we can to make a positive impact in our own little corners of the world.
This quote means being industrious and resourceful and creative, making our own opportunities, living our own dreams, doing the best we can at the local level, on a global platform or within our own families.
Are you starting from where you are? Or are you complaining that you're stuck somewhere or that your potential has not be appreciated or that you missed out on a time or a place or a deal?
Are you using what you have? Or are you lamenting about not having enough or the not having the right stuff or always trying to get more just to have more?
Are you doing what you can? Or are you talking the talk, but not willing to walk the walk? Or are you simply going through life with blinders on seeing only what is directly ahead, missing out on the beauty and joy and love and ignoring the pain, the suffering, the needs?
This quote is not for the faint of heart and spiritless. No, these words are for the brave and daring and bossy and optimistic and adventurous. These words are for the dreamers. Is this you? Over and out…