in bloom

There is a proverb that says we should bloom where we are planted. To me this means that positioning ourselves as wellsprings of life, beauty and creativity is not something that need be limited by our situation. The state of our heart and mind can, however, be a key determining factor in whether we, and the people around us, flourish. As Kahlil Gibran said, “If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?”

In the last couple of weeks and months I have repeatedly been reminded of the vital role that friends, family and colleagues play in my personal growth and fruitfulness by simply being there for me. Thich Nhat Hanh describes it well, “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” I am challenged to be a present friend, sister and colleague.

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