Beyond Blue

How weird is this? Just as I’m quoting Blondie about the topic of letting go, I check out her blog and she’s writing on the same subject. And very poignant and beautiful stuff. She’s got some cool graphics, too, that I don’t know how to do yet (sorry!). So go to her blog, Tales From Clark Street (by clicking here) to read the following passage with the images of the brassia plant she is describing:

This is the back bulb of my brassia dying off. Don’t worry, it’s normal. It’s all part of the process. And someday it will have blooms again. But maybe they will be even bigger this time. Because the thing about orchids is that they go into this little dormant resting period, usually in winter, and then come back with crazy growth and get BIGGER! Bigger leaves, bigger flowers, more zest.
And it had a lot of zest last time.

I’m working on my personal zest.
Since my coworkers read my blog, I have to be kinda cryptic about this, but yesterday I did something at work that I’m really proud of. (Oh Gawd, can you imagine the gossip this might stir up? What did she do?? What did she do?? By the end of the day, I will have taken over the company and made it into a carwash. Just because. You know, word of mouth.) Anyway, there comes a time in our lives when we have to take some chances. So I took a chance on something. I’ll let you know how it works out. But it was inspired by this quote, which has sat in my mind next to memories of college boys with long hair and learning about Nietzsche for the first time. In school, I wrote this quote big as can be and hung it on my wall:

The jump is so frightening
between where I am and
where I want to be . . .
because of all I may become . . .
I will close my eyes and leap!
— Maryanne Hershey

That part of me that is terrified of EVERYTHING is officially dying. And I’ve been told that once that back bulb dries up, all I have to do is give it a good twist and it will come off. I can’t WAIT!

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