Blooming Where You’re Planted in the Universe
The sun in the garden looks up at the sun in the sky
Today’s thought was prompted by reading a post at Sara Rauch’s blog Life More Lived, “Bloom Where You are Planted” and a Book Giveaway. She picked up the phrase from Dave Bruno’s book, 100 Thing Challenge, and it is in turn a quote from his wife Leanne. Sara’s post was about how she suddenly realized one day that she was happy where she was–she somehow bloomed where she happened to be planted, a long way from where she thought she wanted to be. As a nifty gesture, she’s offering a free copy of 100 Thing Challenge (and the deadline is midnight tonight!) to a random reader who responds with what’s new with them this spring.
My own response was thus, and I post it here because it was actually the start of an idea:
Funny, this is the overarching theme of the past three months: digging deep and knowing what I really truly want and what I really truly am, to become a self-contained “sun” that shines and generates light and support for both myself and those in my “orbit.” It’s a way of blooming where I’m planted in the universe, I guess. No matter where I go I take myself and all the stuff in my head and my soul, so it makes sense to explore them thoroughly and generate strength and contentment from the knowledge. It’s a bit later in my life to do this than I wish it was, but it’s coming along nicely, and is already having positive results.
“Bloom where you are planted” is one of those old tried and true aphorisms, and can sound an awful lot like “make the most of what you’ve got and where you’re at,” which in turn can sound a lot like “s**t or get off the pot,” which in turn amounts to “quitcherbitchin.” Being planted anywhere runs counter to being “location-independent,” and “traveling light.” To me, however, it’s not about geography, but about an inner state of mind. That may be even more minimalist than being location-independent, but I’m of course cool with that ;D
I really do think if you get in touch with what it is you really want and really like, and not what family, friends, and society say you ought to want or like, that knowledge is dramatically strengthening. And I say that that is “grounding” and “planting” enough, because everything else will flow from that. It has the benefit of adaptability and portability, and after a while helps you attain some very useful inner gravitas, a seriousness of intent, even with a sunny demeanor.
Knowing your own mind is like being a sun and your immediate people/places are the planets you’ve attracted and set in orbit (and yeah, there are comets and meteors, too). In turn, you’re a planet in the orbits of other suns in your life, the ones that give light, warmth, context, and support. Suns are good and useful. They don’t live forever, but while they shine they can make order out of universal chaos, and make things come alive. It’s a natural result of inner strength, the kind that can only come from really, truly knowing your own mind.
Anyone else experience this, as a sun or in the orbit of one?