To Stay Planted

My friend who I meet for coffee once a month gave me a beautiful mug. It’s a travel mug, which I didn’t have. I usually drink my coffee before leaving the house, so it’s rather liberating knowing my coffee can now travel.

The box has been sitting on the coffee bar, and it’s just as pretty as the mug. Every time I pass by and read the words on the box, the phrase sticks with me for a minute while walking through the house. It’s one of my favorite sayings, “Bloom where you are planted.”

I’ve written about ‘bloom‘ because it fascinates me. What does it take for something to bloom, and waiting to see when it will bloom. Nothing blooms all the time, but just like an actual flower, we have days where blooming comes naturally. It’s no secret 2020 has been a year, and everyone is anxiously awaiting a new year, but we can decide to bloom where we’re planted. To find contentment where we are, and to shower kindness on ourselves and others.

Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have. To bloom where you’re planted works best when you’re willing to stay planted.

7 Comments on “To Stay Planted

  1. An Australian blogger, one of the first I followed but whose live has changed so dramatically in the last year that she barely had time to post a short year end blog, describes herself as an expat since she moved there from Europe. She liked that I referred to myself as a transplant during the time I lived in TN after I moved there from So Cal.

    Now I understand why that struck a note with her. It uses the same reasoning as the thought to bloom where you’re planted. My current challenge is to bloom where I have been replanted in the last year, back in my native soil close to the So Cal beaches I guess I’m hoping I can grow some better, or at least happier if that makes sense, new roots out here now.

    So would you call me a temporary or short-term transplant in TN? And what do i call myself now that I am re-establishing my roots back in the same soil where I first sprouted? I also bloomed temporarily in TN (i.e. not for the entire period that I lived there) and I hope to bloom better, brighter and more vigorously from my replanted CA roots than I did while I was growing up here.

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    • I think moving around and testing different soil is good for us. My daughter and I have moved every few years, and are looking to move again this year. It surprised me to be looking at houses in a town where my Texas journey began 18 years ago. At first I wasn’t sure, but each day that I think about it, to move back there would feel closer to home. Like you said, kind of going back to my roots and to stay planted long enough this time to bloom better. Thank you for sharing. xx

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  2. Catching up on a few of your posts that snuck by me. And, yes, if this year has taught us anything it is to do what we can with what we have. Stop waiting for the right time, as the right time may never come…and it’s always the right time to bloom! Xx

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    • You know, I noticed by looking at your site, you have several that snuck by me too! They didn’t show up in my Reader. It’s a continual balancing act for me on waiting and being patient for God’s plan to unfold. I’m famous for running out in front of Him, but He patiently reels me back in. And yes lovely. No matter where we are on the journey, it’s important to pause, enjoy the moment and let ourselves bloom. xx

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