For optimal mental and physical health we are encouraged to practice mindfulness – that state of being in the moment, focused, not letting the mind wander through the what-if’s and if-only’s of life. Tending flowers makes it easier for me to practice this challenging task in a chaotic world.
Recently, sitting on a porch step comically musing how a grownup could get so muddy, I was struck by the parallels between flowers and friendships. (My mind was wandering a bit at that point).
F – Friends and flowers offer anticipated companionship, sharing fun and surprises, comfort
and encouragement, all wrapped up in a variety of colorful packages, no bows necessary.
L – Love is evident and enduring in both. Their presence alone is proof, no words needed.
O – Obstacles abound to destroy both. Too much time between tendings can take a toll but
can’t eliminate the desire to survive.
W – Wildflowers and weeds abound. It is not always a bad thing to be wild and difficult to
tame. spontaneity is exciting. Some weeds can be a negative influence, toxic to growth
and beauty. It takes a keen eye to tell the difference between flowers and weeds in
E – Embracing the moment is encouraging, taking full advantage of the sun and rain as it comes, enjoying the ephemeral parade of friends and flowers through the seasons of life
R – Roots run deep, feeding the ties that bind.
S – Springtime offers hope that cold, dreary times are fleeting, celebrating tranquil joy in the cycles of life.
May the gardens of your life be full of both flowers and friendships.
This was written for a May issue of the Prospect-News, the weekly paper in Doniphan, MO.