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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Blog Your Blessings #3 & Sacred Life Sunday


Happy Mother's Day ;--)
My 'Endless Summer' Hydrangea
didn't die last winter as I'd feared
and this is what it looks like today.
I'm most relieved
at it's amazing recovery!

It's small but colorful already
and it's only mid-May.

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Daily Meditation from
Keepers of the Wisdom
Reflections from Lives Well Lived
by Karen Casey

"I believe that things just came to me.
I did make use of them; however,
I didn't go looking for them."
Maria Regnier Krimmel

"Most of us can look back on our lives and concur that we took advantage of opportunities that came our way. Certain opportunities may have slipped by us, for a time, but it's likely they returned, too ... perhaps in a somewhat different form. It is believed by many that whatever we did with our lives was quite necessary, unique, and part of a much wider plan that involved the lives of everybody in our circle. We can find comfort in that idea.

If our past was purposeful, then our present must also be intentional. Just knowing that we haven't outlived our worth gives us pause to rejoice. But many of us struggle in this stage of our lives to figure out what we should be doing next. We struggle simply because we haven't yet mastered how to listen to our inner guide. Much of our lives we 'accidentally' followed our calling. There is no shame in that; however, we can more confidently move into the future if we practice listening for guidance in the present. Making an adjustment such as this in our daily lives can offer us real excitement, too. It isn't the same humdrum process that we'd grown accustomed to, or maybe even become bored with. Let's practice."

"I have always had a guide.
I'll be more conscious of it today."

11 comments:

Whatever said...

Alright hydrangeas! Never underestimate plants, they have a way of growing on you :-)

Paulie said...

Looks like they are a beautiful blessing in spite of everything!

Joyce said...

Your hydrangeas are just beautiful. :)

We have had such a cool spring this year in the Pacific Northwest that my hydrangeas won't bloom for a while yet.

Kuanyin said...

The COLOR! Wow! Blessings to you from the BYB Sunday group!

storyteller said...

Whatever – Excellent advice … and I’ll definitely keep it in mind ;--)

Paulie – The 3 photos are of a single bush. I do feel ‘blessed’ at the dramatic recovery because things looked quite bleak last winter.

Joyce – Ah … our Spring in Southern California has been quite variable … with significantly warmer than usual weather followed by a cold, rainy period causing my irises and daffodils to bloom and die off more quickly than normal. So far the roses are doing fine … and this little bush is blooming it’s heart out colorfully!

Kuanyin – The color is a bit different than I recall from last year when I purchased and planted the hydrangea … but I do love the blossoms.

I appreciate each of you visiting and sharing your thoughts. I ‘lost’ today in ‘unexpected social interaction’ and am starting a Tuesday-Thursday course on Photoshop Elements tomorrow from 8-11:30 … so I may be returning the visit later in the week rather than right away. I shall get there eventually however. I hope you’ve had a marvelous Monday!
Hugs and blessings,

Mike Golch said...

the Hydrangeas look great.I hope that you are haveing a blessed day.

SandyCarlson said...

That is a blessing! These are wonderful flowers. I am always relieved that the blossoms last as long as they do.

Chuck said...

Simply beautiful - just like you.

Karen said...

I LOVE hydrangeas--and I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the one I planted a few years ago. It didn't just die...it disappeared.

That was a great meditation, by the way--I've been doing much better about listening to my guide (ever since meeting him in Taos!)--but I still need work. Luckily, I keep getting the opportunity to hear, over and over again!

Sandy C. said...

They're still looking great :) You are so good to your plantings.

storyteller said...

Mike – Thanks. My days all seem ‘blessed’ and I’m grateful. I hope your change in ‘meds’ is working to help you feel better.

SandyCarlson – When I was a child, we had a beautiful large Hydrangea in our front yard. My dad buried ‘nails’ in the ground to add color. If memory serves, it had something to do with ‘rust’ and iron. When I pulled out the peach tree (that had done little or nothing in 20 or so years) a couple of years ago, I remembered that beautiful flowering bush and decided this spot might be good to grow one of my own.

Chuck – You’re so sweet ;--) Are you actually back in the Blogosphere now? I’ll need to check today after I figure out what to post for OSI and WW.

Karen – I’m sorry it ‘disappeared’ (this reminds me of a gorgeous orchid someone took from my yard years ago) but perhaps you might try planting another? As for repetitious lessons … methinks that’s how life works ;--)

Sandy – Yup, there are more colorful blossoms each day and I’m grateful. As for being ‘good’ to my plantings … it’s definitely a symbiotic relationship for I get as much (if not more) than I give ;--)

How lovely to find your comments this morning. I’ll be playing ‘catch-up’ indefinitely with my Photoshop class, but methinks it will be worth the time and energy required. I hope you’re having a delightful day.
Hugs and blessings,