Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blossoming

This is something I wrote after I retired eight years ago but never thought to use. I guess it's worth posting.

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I was once talking with the director of my department at work, a woman whom I greatly admired.  She used the word blossom to describe the pleasure of seeing people grow in their jobs.  This made me stop and think about the word, “blossom” and how beautifully it describes the process of reaching our full potential.
Life takes us all on different journeys and at different speeds.  As a result, we all blossom at various times.  Some of us shine in high school.  Some may be the Belle of the Ball in college, or Super-mom for a time or even excel in their careers.  Yet, there are those of us who are conventional our entire lives until we reach our later years.  That’s when we blossom!  We begin to become creative.  We branch out and form new bonds with others.  We broaden our horizons and embrace our place in the universe.  We contribute our time, energy and intelligence to causes that mean something to us.  This is a joyous time of life, when we know and accept ourselves just as we are.  Moreover, we love and accept others just as they are.
This is a stage of life worth waiting for. This is the stage when we no longer mourn the things we are not and finally celebrate the wonderful things that we are...when we finally open up and blossom.   

15 comments:

Linda said...

Beautiful post and photos, Ms. Sparrow. Thank you so much for sharing.

Willow said...

Well said and so true .

Meggie said...

Hear..hear!! I have described myself as a "late bloomer".

Jane and Chris said...

A lovely thought provoking (and comforting)post.
Jane x

Bob Slatten said...

That last sentence is perfection.

Susan said...

What beautiful words--they reached my soul, XOXO

Joanne Noragon said...

When I supervised a lot of women, years ago, I enjoyed encouraging them to become all they could. Not just clerks. One I kept in touch with is an attorney.
We should encourage anyone we know to blossom.

Mitchell is Moving said...

Beautiful! And may you, Ms. Sparrow, continue to blossom for the rest of your life!

Jan said...

A great post - I completely agree! Jx

Elisabete Delfini said...

Lindas e lindas imagens.
Parabéns.
Abraços

Bea said...

I like that interpretation. Glad to hear that there is still hope...

troutbirder said...

It's true. I've seen it in a number of our friends. For me though in my aged state, it more like trying to maintain a respectable survival mode...:)

Kittie Howard said...

Really, really nice. Your post wraps the reader in warm fuzzies.

And I'd like to gift you a copy of my book, a thank you for your support over the years. I'm beyond grateful to so many for so much, including A-Z's climb on the charts. I'm at: kittiehoward@gmail.com

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Yes! I have seen some people blossom late in life by pursuing things they never tried while younger. I've also seen people blossom simply by not having to deal with nasty workplace politics. Once retired they get to let go of the negativity and soar with whatever makes them happy. Well said.

Bob Bushell said...

A valuable thing that you are talking about, and the two photos.