Bloom Where You Are Planted | #WordlessWednesday

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“Bloom where you are planted.”

Thought of sharing this beautiful message from my potted beauties, this week! When our minds are wide open and we feel receptive to all kinds of thoughts entering our mind, there will invariably be something that will suddenly illumine our heart and soul as much as our mind and leave us with an amazing life lesson that we’ve probably been living through but never realised. Wisdom comes from the most unlikely places and how!

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Since we moved home almost a month ago, my balcony garden has been lying neglected. Of course, I’ve been watering the blooms as and when I’ve snatched some time, but tending to them has been out of the question all these days. Last week, after FIL returned home after 3 weeks in the hospital, and my home-helps got back from their break, I felt supremely blessed to have the chance to finally cast a glance at my potted beauties. So far, they’ve been pretty much on their own, doing their bit, spreading hope and cheer to one and all.

As for me, guilt-ridden though I was, (because never mind what all you juggle with, there’s always that never-ending list of things that are screaming for your time and attention, and one that you never ever seem to be able to get past, for some reason!) I chose to surrender myself to the few precious minutes in the garden and noticed what a pretty sight they were! The potted beauties bloomed on their own, despite the lack of attention or care, managing to show up and ready to bloom with whatever little rain or shine came their way! I’ve lost count of the days I missed watering them. But, bless them, they bloomed, in spite of the dry spell.

Here they are—my beauties—The blue Butterfly Pea sitting prettily next to the pink and white Periwinkles, on one side of the garden, while the red Hibiscus, along with more Hibiscus buds (there are nine of them waiting in the queue, ready to bloom over the next few days!) adorning the other half.

This made me think—don’t we all do the same, without realising it— especially when the curve balls come charging and wreak havoc into our quiet, uneventful lives? We do so because we are all resilient in our own unique ways, and even when we think we cannot go on anymore, we still do, and we still show up and we still bloom, in spite of the dry spell. Yes, we do.

In wonder, disbelief, and heartfelt gratitude, I reach out to thank the Universe for bringing me hope in the midst of despair and peace in the face of turbulence! June has not been easy. Not just for me, but the entire family—the parents in Kolkata and the parents-in-law here with us, both sets included. So, starting July on a hopeful note today, I’m fervently wishing to promptly get back in rhythm with our normal work-week schedules, our fitness routines and the mundane predictability of our lives. I also hope it will bring us the much-needed rest and relaxation—and a break from rushing to the ICU every couple of days—in fact, just getting back to our routines will do wonders. We so desperately need it!

And, on that note, I wish a Happy Wednesday to you all, my dear readers and everyone who has been participating in our #wordlesswednesday linkup over the last few weeks. My sincere apologies to each and every one of you for not being able to personally respond/read/comment on your posts. Going forward, I hope to bring back the focus on work commitments and blogging and be more responsive to our #wordlesswednesday linkup party.

Here’s wishing everyone a bright, happy and positive start to July and a wonderful week ahead. Do stay with us. Natasha and I look forward to your amazing posts, as always! 🙂

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15 Comments
  • Modern Gypsy

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    Hope your FIL is better now and that July is a lot more stable for you. Love your colourful blooms!

    Funnily enough, I had also written about the same topic – is blooming where we are planted – last week! Seeing your post made me laugh at the synchronicity of it! 🙂

  • Damyanti

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    My garden is mostly fruits, fewer flowers, but the lesson still stands. I have a chilli plant that was a happy accident–when I composted a chili or two! Excellent post, Esha.

  • Alana

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    Ah, your beauties. I don’t grow periwinkles but I know they are pretty heat resistant. I love hisbiscus but my one attempt at growing one (years ago) failed. You can only do what you can do, and tending to aging parents and in laws is quite a responsibility. No worries, I’ll still be here when you can finally visit my post.

  • Karren~#OMHGWW Bloghop

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    I always good to bounce back. Thank you for hosting!

  • Sandee

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    I’m glad you took some me time and enjoyed your blooms. They are most beautiful.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

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    Resilience is so important, and yet it is something we rarely see taught. Thanks for sharing your helpful thoughts. I hope your world returns to normal this month.

  • Chris Blackwood

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    As much as I would like to be, I’m not a gardener. Plants come to my place to die. But the lesson is a million dollar lesson. Have a great day.

  • Anamika Agnihotri

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    This week’s quote is bang on. Sometimes blooming where we are planted takes a considerable effort but still blooming should be the goal instead of withering away. How lovely is it that your plants were taking care of themselves throughout the time you were busy juggling the business of your life and then one fine day when you had a moment of peace, the plants with their colourful flowers were there to greet you in their glory.
    I wish you a calmer July. May you get back to blogging and keep showering us with your inner wisdom 🙂

  • stevebethere

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    I am absolutely useless at gardening LOL but I do like to see nice colourful plants and flowers 🙂

    Have a bloomingtastic week 🙂

  • Soumya

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    If you are a wildflower, you can bloom where ever you are! That’s my lesson from this one.

    I hope your FIL is better now and you are getting some time for yourself minus the stress and the chores. Sending you healing vibes!

    I’m going with magic this week! I hope some of it spreads to you as well 🙂

  • Gattina

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    I love flowers but not working in a garden I don’t have a green thumb. I prefer to sit and admire !

  • Shilpa Gupte

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    How true!
    We just bloom wherever we are placed or planted. I guess it’s this special trait we humans are blessed with that helps us go through it all, right? It’s what I feel when I look back at how Life was and how I went through all that life had in store for me.
    Loved your words, Esha!

  • Apeksha Rao

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    Hi Esha,
    First of all, hats off to you for dealing with all these issues with a smile. Your flowers are so beautiful.
    You’ve given some very sage advice. Either we can let circumstances drag us down, or we can do our best to bloom even in the most miserable conditions. It is up to us.

  • Veronica Lee

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    How true, Esha. Love your flower analogy. Sometimes, wisdom does come from the most unlikely places.

    Happy WW!

  • Shiju Sugunan

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    Your flowers seem to have learnt the survival tricks. They look so happy. Hope we all will have a less unstable July!

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