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A Flower Just Grows November 18, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Nature, People, Poetry.

Downsides and risks
Worst case scenarios

No wonder we lose our nerve and succumb to cowardice

Upsides and rewards
Best case scenarios

Never taking our eyes off the prize, we forge ahead

When people remind us of
potential risks and possible pitfalls

Are they looking out for us?

Or hoping to maintain the quo status?

A flower just grows.

 * * * * *

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~ Stephen King

Nothing ventured, something lost. ~ Neale Clappe

Aargh . . . that’s better!

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1. Tom (Aquatom1968) - November 18, 2012

Worst case scenarios always baffle me, Nancy. Especially when ‘what we think about we bring about’ we’re really just inviting that scenario to take place. I think it’s best to just handle what happens… others don’t seem to agree though. I like the ‘a flower just grows’ comparison.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

I agree, Tom. Even if we aren’t inviting the worst case scenario into our lives, we are creating unnecessary suffering for ourselves and those around us by envisioning the worst instead of the best.

Far better to handle things as they arrive at our door . . . while devoting our energy to our blooms!

2. Don - November 18, 2012

Love the quote from Anais Nin.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Me too, Don. Here’s to unfurling our buds.

3. Andra Watkins - November 18, 2012

Being in a high case of risking it all, the possible reward is the thing I constantly have to keep in mind.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

It makes all the difference when we keep our eyes on the prize.

4. ApplePieAndNapalm - November 18, 2012

Fantastic quotes today, I love reading your blog. Got a big chuckle from your Thanksgiving fiasco, you’re a fantastic writer and it inspires me to get better and keep learning from those around me.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Thanks, AP . . . I’m glad you enjoyed “How NOT To Throw A Dinner Party.” What a Thanksgiving that was. 😉

Write on!

5. Patricia - November 18, 2012

I was taught early on to consider the negatives first before venturing anything. Very hard lesson to unlearn but so worth the effort. I think overly protective parents are really timid people who are afraid of risk themselves.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Yes! Lessons we learn when young are tenacious. It’s hard to “unsing a song” ~ a unlearn a refrain embedded in our psyche from a very early age. But, as you note, it’s worth it.

After all . . . our freedom is at stake. 😀

6. carolineskanne - November 18, 2012

love the title of your blog … & this post is just beautiful – ‘a flower just grows’ … ❤

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Thanks, Caroline. So glad you dropped by and enjoyed the view. 😀

7. the seeker57 - November 18, 2012

I would just love to sit by your side and listen to the wonders of all wonders. A flower just grows reminds me how a plant put its all energy to produce a single flower risking it all…then suddenly worst case scenario… dare i say. Pax.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Thanks, Seeker. Your comment made me chuckle . . . I was expecting a brilliant blossom after the plant risked it all . . . instead, a hard frost killed off its single flower! 😯

Except for the Centennial Plant (that only blooms once ever 100 years or so), most perennials can try again . . . if at first they don’t succeed. 😉

the seeker57 - November 18, 2012

Ha, ha, ha. There’s always next time in a century or more. HIlarious. Good day.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

In an ironic twist of fate:

the seeker57 - November 18, 2012

Thanks for the link. I’m sorry i should be so sad but i can’t stop laughing. Oh my Gosh.

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

They bloom and they die . . . unless they die first. 😉

8. diannegray - November 18, 2012

Fantastic, Nancy. I love the inspiration and even though Stephen King’s quote is simple, I think it’s my favourite! 😀

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Thanks, Dianne. The transitions you’re making speak for themselves ~ clearly, you gave equal consideration to the both the potential rewards and the potential risks! You go, girl!

And, yes, King’s quote is definitely a keeper.

9. Adam S - November 18, 2012

I got into a big debate with some recently about this. I love this post. Misery loves company. People that are afraid to grow are equally afraid to watch the people around them grow. That would mean that they’d either be left behind, or they’d have to bring themselves up to a higher level. Something easier said then done, but something that must be done…

nrhatch - November 18, 2012

Yes! Exactly. It is easier to hold us back than to propel themselves forward . . . so they use “fear” as a delaying tactic to cause us to pause in our tracks.

10. Three Well Beings - November 19, 2012

I do love this challenge! I think there needs to be a daily renewal of promise to ourselves not to listen to the negativity. It’s a challenge to follow my own instincts when it makes others uneasy. But it’s necessary to grow and change, regardless of what anyone else says, or we do the opposite–wither and die. Great quotes!

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Yes! When we focus on risks, it’s easy to give in to fear and doubt. When we “play it safe,” we contract rather than expanding to our full potential.

Boats are safe in harbor, but that’s not what boats are for. 😀

11. sufilight - November 19, 2012

When my sister decided to leave New York and move to Florida by herself after her son passed away, she had fear from everyone around her except me. It was the best decision she made. She is not alone anymore as she established new friendships and met her companion.

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Yes! So glad she listened to her heart and followed her own road . . . reaping the rewards.

People often second-guess our life decisions (who to marry, whether to have kids, where to live) using the yardstick they would use if they were in our shoes. But they’re not in our shoes. We are. 😉

We are the ONLY expert on our life. When we start to look within for guidance, rather than using someone else’s yardstick, we start to make better decisions ~ custom tailored for who we are NOW.

12. colonialist - November 19, 2012

Very good and ponderable!
btw – You were placed in the competition! Congrats!

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Thanks, Col. I’ll be around in short order. 😀

colonialist - November 19, 2012

*urk* Hey, we’re not a fast-food diner! 🙂

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Hey! Gimme some fries with that shake. 😉

13. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 19, 2012

This is a good post for me this morning Nancy! Thank you.. 🙂

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Yay! Here’s to boldly going where we need to go . . . and bravely doing what we wish to do! 😀

14. spilledinkguy - November 19, 2012

Okay… I just can’t help but comment on the Captain, Nancy.
Because I’ve ‘heard a rumor’ he’s a good friend of Coke.
And I happen to love Coke, you know.

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

They are BEST buds! Whenever the Captain is in port, he mingles and mixes with Coke, all the while singing, “Things go better with Coca Cola . . . things go better with Coke!”

A happy pairing, indeed. 😀

15. Pocket Perspectives - November 19, 2012

I like that…”a flower just grows”… 😀

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Sometimes we complicate things to the nth degree, losing sight of the essentials.

We are here to bloom, blossum, and grow. That is all.

16. kateshrewsday - November 19, 2012

What a beautiful motto, Nancy. A flower just grows….

nrhatch - November 19, 2012

Thanks, Kate. It kind of takes the pressure off, doesn’t it? 😀

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