I went out to my garden today and was saddened to see that my peonies were on their last days of life. The blooms had toppled over during a recent thunderstorm and their heads were smothering the plants below them. I knew it was time to move their aging, fluffy heads to the compost bin, but it didn’t lift my heart as I began this ritual. The aspect that did brighten my world, however, was the gigantic bouquet I arranged for my dining table out of the few peony flowers that still held life.
I was able to find joy. Even as the life of my favorite spring flower is ending, it still has a gift with which to leave me. My bushes stood naked of flowers, yet my dining table now looks glorious. For me, this was a lesson in taking advantage of every minute. Life is now.
My children are growing up quickly. My husband and I have room to improve our relationship. My plants long to be watered. My marketable gifts are calling me to share them with a wider audience. Each of these situations is an opportunity for me to grow and deepen into who I want to be while I am here on this Earth. Life is now.
How long will I wait to set aside scheduled time each day to honor my relationship with my kids? When will I decide to be lovingly present towards my husband so that we can grow into the deeper relationship I am seeking? When will I commit to improving my time management skills so that I can rejoice in my passion of providing homegrown food to my family? These are expressions of love to myself, as well as the world, yet when I start to experience overwhelm in my daily schedule, these growth opportunities feel like more than I can handle.
Today, I am spending time developing and honoring my gifts that I’m bringing forward in the world. At the same time, my unworthiness story pops up occasionally and entices me to procrastinate on my project due dates. Who am I hurting when I don’t show up for myself? I hurt myself. I then get angry at myself and that anger and disappointment bleed over into my relationships. So, when I don’t keep my commitments to myself, I am hurting myself, my family, and the world. I hurt the world by hiding my light. I hurt the world by cowering from the opportunity to stand for love and a world transformed by the power of love. How can I shift?
I shift by reminding myself, “Stand for opportunity and possibility!” I get to stand up and show up for myself, and thus, for humanity. My vision is to awaken and free humanity to our expansiveness. My mission is to ignite and awaken vitality, passion and freedom in my fellow souls by integrating them with their source energy. This is an “I get to”, not an “I have to”. All of this is opening and unfolding within me today,… because of cutting down a flower.
Will you tell your friends and loved ones that you love them today, or will you wait? If you believe that ‘Life is now’ or ‘Live in the moment’, what commitments are you willing to make to live that way? As I plucked the last wilting peony from its stem, I experienced a reminder that I get to decide how I want to show up in the world. It was the last one.
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