A few weeks ago, while visiting some special friends in Charleston, WV, my husband and I were treated to the unique experience of actually seeing an Evening Primrose’s blossoms “pop open” at dusk. It is a sight to behold!
Timed to the coming of dusk, the buds began to unfold; each of the buds opened quickly—to full blossom—within a minute. It was like watching time-lapsed photography; it was magnificence in motion!
You could easily miss this extraordinary act of “becoming”—of fast-motion-blossoming because this happened so quickly!
The Evening Primrose can be a wonderful metaphor for our lives:
- We can grow forth and blossom in all sorts of soil—matters not where. Some gardeners love this plant. Others do not. Sometimes this plant is mowed down; some consider it weed-like. Yet it is persevering, scrappy and tenacious regarding its survival and fulfilling of its purpose. We can be deliberate too!
- Things can happen very quickly in our lives; we can move forward rapidly. We can make the decision to “show up” every day.
- We can bloom where we are planted. We can “burst forth with our talents and gifts for this world”—even if we are different. While the Evening Primrose’s role is to bloom only at dusk, and very few people ever see the beauty and uniqueness of its contribution to nature, still, it blooms, albeit differently! It makes a soft summer evening even better!
Likened to the Evening Primrose, here’s to focusing your life on being beckoned to bloom forth—no matter what—wherever you are—and no matter how differently or how quickly!
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