Last week, I wrote a piece called “Flower In The Lily Pads.” You should go a take a read of it first, because it helps to set the stage for this post. And it would also make me feel good that you did. Two excellent reasons to read it.
The “Lily Pad” post was in a way, a somewhat simplistic look at blooming where you’re supposed to bloom. I gave a couple of examples along the lines of, if you’re called to write, then write like there is no tomorrow.
Although, the illustrations in the post from last week may not the best analogies, I think “blooming where you are supposed to bloom”, is entirely different than “bloom where you’re planted.”
Let’s start right off the hopper here, this isn’t a post to poop all over the phrase, “bloom where you are planted.”
But realistically, more often than not, we hear “just bloom where you are planted” as compared to “bloom where you are supposed to bloom.”
Nevertheless, I could go on at length, on the spiritual and biblical significance of the phrase.
Simply search “bloom where you are planted” under Google Images and you’ll get back more quotes, pictures and images to fill a lifetime.
A very simple and overview of the phrase from a biblical perspective suggests the following:
Bloom Where You Are Planted can mean various things depending on its usage
– to be fruitful, blossom, and to become all you were created to be
– make the best of what you have when life throws you lemons
– do what’s right, even when its hard
All of those three points have scripture to back them up.
Okay, I get that you’re likely thinking at the moment, “where is he going with the post or perhaps what is the point of this?”
And for very early on a Sunday morning, that’s a fair enough question.
My point is and it is more of a question to throw out there and it is entirely my own opinion of thought.
Does “bloom where you are planted” set a person up to settle for something less than they are meant to be?
To be honest, I don’t have a clear answer to that. Although, I do have in the pit of my stomach a nagging sense that it does.
Okay, is that is so what is the alternative?
Having given it far less thought than it deserves, because in reality I do think this is a fundamental question surrounding the human condition. So, my perspective leads me to think this:
Are we not supposed to “bloom where you are supposed to bloom?”
“Blooming where you are supposed to bloom” screams of life and living. That there is a true meaning and reason of what we are supposed to be; what is purpose for my life given the short time I may occupy space on this tiny blue planet. “Bloom where you are supposed to bloom” yells out or should yell out, “life isn’t meant to be lived shuffling along, always wishing or thinking – what if?”
It means, find out where you are supposed to bloom; get there and bloom the fu@k out of it.
On the other hand, “Bloom where you are planted” to me suggests, “just make the best of the situation;” “there’s not much if anything you can be about”; “be happy where you are.”And that in many ways from where I am, all of those statements or thoughts, reek of a defeatist smell.
So, there you go.
A question for a Sunday morning.
- Bloom where you are planted; or
- Bloom where you are supposed to bloom
— as always with love —
— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —