“Bloom Where You Are Planted”


Several years ago I was going through a very difficult time.  By ‘chance’ I went into a little gift shop with Hank and found a small plaque that said, “Bloom Where God Plants You.”  To this day the plaque hangs on our kitchen wall.

I have heard it said that if we knew in advance all that lay ahead we would be completely overwhelmed.  We would not think ourselves capable of accomplishing many of the tasks our lives ask of us. Just thinking about different challenges that I have been given the strength to walk through makes me understand the significance of this thinking. The saying ‘one day at a time,’ therefore, is one that I absolutely cherish. I also love the encouragement of the phrase ‘do the next right thing.’  

Sometimes the next right thing for me is finishing an email to send to my Young Living groups.  Sometimes it’s paying bills.  Sometimes it’s stopping what I’m doing and responding to the kisses that Hank is throwing to me from the living room.  And sometimes it’s doing the dishes.

Doing the next right thing allows me to be present in my life.  It allows me to bloom where I am planted on a minute by minute basis, and to do so mindfully.  I can pay attention to my life in a manner that is otherwise not possible.  I can live fully, creatively and productively in the way I believe I was meant to.  Good fruit can be born from the seeds that I sew.

This past week I spent time with Marty and Hank in Rochester.  Hank’s Uncle Bob, my brother-in-law when Marty and I were married, passed away. Although it was hard to see Bob go, there was a warmth in spending time with Marty’s sister, her children and her friends.  I’ve found there is a presence when someone we love passes that is very enriching.  The preciousness of life is brought to the fore. Doing the next right thing makes the most sense I think because the event is so big.  We move away from our routines and rally together in full and vibrant moments.  The immediacy is not only vital…it is beautiful.

I try to remember such times when I am tempted to get ahead of myself. I recall the calm and centered feeling I’m given from experiences that throw me into the moment.  The recollection helps me to be present in my daily round.  It helps me to keep in mind that at the helm of my life is a powerful source, a wonderful gardener with a green and benevolent thumb. 

This morning when I opened my computer I found a message from my friend Portia.  She had posted on my Facebook Timeline an incredible clip from a TED talk given by a film-maker named  Louie Schwartzberg. It is truly inspiring and enlivening, and I do hope that you will take ten minutes to watch it.

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Debbie July 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

great blog Maureen


Maureen Quigley July 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Debbie! 🙂


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