|The Lily we planted has bloomed!|
During difficult times, it is often hard to picture life any other way. In the heart of a crisis, serious illness, medical emergency, divorce, bereavement or job loss it is difficult to imagine that things will ever be different or better. Looking out into the future is frightening particularly if what you imagine is more of what you are living through or dare I say it, worse. Sometimes things do get worse, before they get better.
Rarely do they stay the same.
When you are in the heart of these trying experiences, it is challenging to believe that through the passage of time things will change. But some things will change. Invariably they do.
It is, however, difficult to measure those changes or to see them if you are so close up to the crisis.
For 6 weeks there were no signs of new life on the lily. Its growth seemed stagnant. The green leaves appeared to be surviving but not thriving. Some even yellowed and withered.
Two weeks ago shoots suddenly appeared where none had been.
Today eight weeks later, I saw with great pleasure, its first lemon flower had opened with its
mouth nodding towards the blue sky. When we had planted it, there had been long, lolloping green leaves, but no signs of flower stalks or a single corn-on-the-cob shaped bud. Now I have counted at least 48 buds!
I have taken pictures and sent them to Aida.
There will be 48 flowers where there had been none 8 weeks ago. This plant has been quietly growing, strong and proud through tremendous storms and over watering and major periods of intense heat as any of you will attest to, if you are living in Maryland.
It reminds me of how each of my children who, when my husband was hospitalized with trigeminal neuralgia and then recovering from brain surgery, quietly grew and changed and reached milestones, whilst I as spousal caregiver and Mom, thought time had stood still.
Although they also went through challenging times with their father's illness, Benjy completed his first year of college. Aron became an EMT and Jacob learned to rock climb. Things did not stay the same. Jonny had some very rocky moments with his health, but even then nothing was static. We learned more, researched more, found new docs with different solutions and our new normal became our reality.
So this brand new lily flower is a reminder. Although hours can seem achingly slow in tough times. Days can be agonizing and debilitating......
..........quietly, beneath the surface things are changing, moving and growing so that where you were two months ago is not where you are today.
The flowers on the lily re enforced for me, that you cannot go back to what was, but you can move forward slowly, gently, tentatively to a new place carrying your experiences with you on your journey.
And perhaps, when the time is right, sowing them into something new and quite beautiful.
I hope these words bring you comfort. Let me know how looking back in time showed you that situations don't remain static. How did you find your strength to move forward one or two steps at a time?
Have you ever started something new to honor someone or to help you heal? How did that growth of a project help you?
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