This orchid was given to me as a birthday gift almost three years ago. When I got it, it had two stems both with flowers on them and three big leaves. Within 6 months or so the flowers fell off and the stems dried up and I cut them down as close to the leaves as possible. I read online that others would eventually grow back but I had no idea when. In the meantime, by the next year a new leaf had started to grow and I was so excited. I figured even if I never got more flowers, the plant was healthy and happy and still growing. The following year another new leaf starting budding up and I was so pleased again. And so it went, I watering it once a week, keeping it moist, giving it loving attention. Having no expectations except that it stay alive for as long it could. Then one day about a month ago I saw what I thought was a tiny bud on the side of the leaves. I looked closer and sure enough it was the bud of a new stem growing! I decided to inspect the plant fully and found two bigger buds silently growing on the other side. I was elated!!! At the time of this picture, there are now 5 buds altogether which is more than it originally had when I got it. I am continuing to care for it and nurture it as it goes through this next cycle of its life.
So, it got me thinking about the cycles of life in general and how we seem to have lost touch with what they are in our daily lives. It can seem like that, where you go along day after day doing the same things and nothing different really happens. And we don't really notice the fruits of our labor and care. But change is constant. And whether we notice or not, we go through cycles of blooming and resting and re-blooming. But in this busy, stressed out world we live in today, we can feel like we want to be blooming all the time. And that's just not how it works in nature. (And we are part of nature). I think my orchid may last for many years. At least I hope it will. And like my life it will continue to go through cycles of blooming, transforming, resting. It has reminded me that I need to do all these things to have the longevity and balance that I hope to achieve as I follow my path on this earth. That I will have times of blooming and resting and transformation. But only if I take care of myself and be patient with myself and love myself the way I have with my orchid.
So remember to do the same with yourself. Care for yourself, be patient with yourself and spend some time trying to notice when new ideas are budding in your life so you might support them to bloom as they desire. And in the meantime, take time to rest and rejuvenate so you have the energy you need to help those buds blossom then they are ready!
We are all completely unique. There is no one else exactly like us, there never has been and there never will be. We may be similar to some people, we are similar even to some animals in some ways. But our bodies, our thoughts & ideas, our dreams, our needs—they are uniquely ours. So, why do we think we should all be able to do the same things and have the same results? Eat the same way and have the same results? Live our lives like someone else and have the same results. We can’t really. We’re led to believe that we can, even that we should be able to. We are marketed to and sold things that may work really well for a number of people, but if they don’t work for us, we feel bad, feel like they should work for us. But that isn’t right. There are some things that are true for most of us, like the general way our bodies work, how our hearts pump, how our digestion works. But some of us might be able to eat more meat than others. Some may not be able to eat meat at all. Some of us might be able to digest dairy and some of us may not. Some of us may be able to eat a lot of salad and raw food and some of us may not. And that makes sense, when you think about it, doesn’t it? If we are all unique, it makes sense that the same food, same lifestyle, won’t work for all of us.
We understand that not everyone is meant to be a teacher, a doctor, or a construction worker. If we apply that to health and nutrition we should be able to understand that we each have different needs and finding balance for ourselves is a unique endeavor for each person.
Why is it so hard to do this? We live in a world that attempts to homogenize everything in order to sell it to the masses. And in doing that, we are told that this one thing or that one thing is THE thing for us. No wonder we feel badly when that is NOT the thing for us! And confused about why it doesn’t work. They said it would work, there’s research to support it. Does that mean there’s something wrong with ME? No, it doesn’t. NOT ATALL. And, I’m here to tell you, what does work for you is out there and you can find it.
So, I encourage you not to give up. If you’re someone who is frustrated with all the conflicting and confusing information out there, or someone who has tried certain things and not gotten the desired results…don’t give up…the answer does exist. It may take talking to different people. It may mean just getting extra support to help you figure out what makes sense for YOU. Maybe you know what you need to do, but just have trouble doing it. Friends, holistic healers, health coaches and many others can be a valuable resources in figuring out how to achieve your goals and making your life exactly how you want it in order to thrive, not just survive. Remember, we are all unique, there’s no one formula for everyone.
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