15 January, 2011

What's Holding YOU Back?

Some friends gave us a pretty little Christmas package containing a small plastic pot, three Paperwhite bulbs and an incredibly tiny amount of potting soil along with the planting instructions. I was skeptical, there didn't seem to be enough planting medium and the bulbs didn't appear vital but I followed the directions and set them on the kitchen windowsill; more to prove to my doubting self that I was right and they wouldn't sprout than to watch in any hopeful anticipation. Lo, and behold, they took off...seemingly overnight! I was wrong. The bulbs are living out their purpose and I am constantly gauging their progress and cheering them on! The next time I make excuses about not having enough space or time or materials I am going to remember this lesson learned at the windowsill and not hold back, but rather... remember my purpose!

Life is Good!


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10 comments:

Salem Stitcher said...

Oh, I needed to hear that this morning!! Thank you, my wise friend!

Karen said...

Wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing!

Shasta said...

Great lesson. Thanks for sharing it.

Barb said...

Oh my this can apply to so many things in life...profound words, thank you! By the way, I love to watch Paperwhites open up, so sweet, anticipation is part of the fun! Have a wonderful weekend, I love reading your blog!

Pat said...

What a gentle but poweful lesson! I love the paperwhites as well -- a promise of Spring during some dreary days. This would make a great Sunday School lesson.

What a lovely gift as well. It is proof that you don't need to spend a lot of money to give a gift that brings delight.

JCnNC said...

I love watching paperwhites grow and we have them every Christmas because they smell so wonderful. I usually do not use the planting medium, but instead use small pebbles with water and nestle the bulbs down in a very slender tall vase (about 18" high) because as the paperwhites grow, they will fall over. I loved your analogy and believing in the purpose. Enjoy them.

Angie said...

I had Paperwhites last year and really enjoyed them. :)

Gail said...

The lessons we can learn from nature, if we only paid more attention. I write about it in my blog but today you pointed it out so well, Mrs. Goodneedle.

Gail :)

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Great lesson!!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

In other words..."Bloom where you are planted" :cD

Loved this!
Bonnie