Last Updated: September 26, 2022
And that's it, ladies and gents! Another September is about to come to an end. This month's theme has centered around achieving success. In that vein, I saw a social media meme the other day that really caught my attention: "Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year." Come to find out, the quote itself is a number of years old, and there are many renditions of it, attributed to many different people. The image depicted along with the text was part tree, part Avatar-looking creature, and part sexy woman model "becoming" this giant tree - kind of like a "Tree of Life" kind of idea. The description went on in an ultra-feminist kind of way talking about "not being put down by other's negativity," and "you deserve what is best for yourself," and "become the woman you deserve to be!"
My intention here is not to "bash" feminists. I read this as a man and the message grabbed me straight away, except for the "become the woman you deserve to be" part, simply because I am not a woman. I feel there is a message here for ALL of us - young or old, man, woman, and whatever other gender identities we have floating around out there these days. This message spoke to me on a "humanity as a whole" kind of level.
Nothing in nature blooms all the time! And some blooms are longer than others. And some blooms occur at the most unusual times. There are seasons throughout our lives for everything. Sometimes we are growing, sometimes we are surviving, something we are thriving, sometimes we are consolidating, sometimes we are hibernating, sometimes we are incubating, sometimes we have work that is more pressing today than it will be tomorrow (or a year, or two, or ten years from now), sometimes our ship comes in and we are thriving and blooming in full-force. Sometimes we are passing the days, putting in the mundane work, and paying our time as we actively wait for our ship to come in. And, no, our "ship coming in" isn't necessarily just a once in a lifetime kind of thing! Ships come and go from the various ports of our lives all the time.
Success happens in many ways. Success is a personal journey that only the traveler of the journey can truly gauge. Your success is not always going to be my success. And my success won't always be Paul's, Jane's, White Dove's, or Aziz's success. What may not appear to be an outward "success" to an unsuspecting onlooker from the outside may be a huge success for the experiencer...or maybe not! You don't know where everyone is in their journeys and they don't know where you are. We often see what looks like failure or apathy on the outside when looking at others, and only see success in a polished end product. The truth is, we see more "success stories in the making" around us every single day than we can ever possibly count, we just might not know they are success stories in the making. So often it is that we know neither the chapter that the writer of the story is currently working on, nor how long the whole story will be in the end.
Nothing in nature blooms all the time.
Think about that for a while. What success story are you currently in the process of writing right now?
That's all for today, folks!
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