Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Something’s Blooming!

posted by mpratt

Earlier this year, as spring warmed into summer, I received a package of African violet leaves. No plants, or even seedlings. Just leaves, carefully labeled with the name of the variety. I placed each leaf in a little “seed starter” container with soil and a bit of water, then enclosed the leaves in plastic bags, creating a kind of mini greenhouse. When the leaves had sprouted roots, I removed the bags. Then, when they sprouted plantlets, I transplanted them into larger pots. Gradually, the plantlets became plants and, today, I’m delighted to say that one of those plants has already bloomed!

If you like gardening, you know the feeling of satisfaction in seeing carefully tended soil come to life with green and all sorts of colors. As a lupus patient, I have to avoid the sun, so I either garden minimally in the evening, or grow my flowers indoors.  Leading up to this spring’s project with the leaves, I had all but abandoned my gardening. Too tired. Too achy. Too distracted by other things, I suppose. But then, I felt like nurturing something again, and, thus, the joy of seeing the first blossoms from my “crop” of African violet leaves.

The act of gardening has all sorts of wonderful metaphors attached to it. As with a garden, tending to health can nurture an abundance of beauty and feeling of accomplishment. Of course, gardening can have its problems: critters munching on seedlings, devastating weather (too hot or too rainy), and the inexplicable plant that somehow does not grow like the others (out of 20 leaves in the packet, one has never sprouted plantlets…go figure!). In life, we face obstacles and unexpected catastrophes, too. Yet, when we coax a bud to blossoming, or we get through a major crisis, oh! the joy!

I just had to share with you a picture of my little plant and its first blossoms. It still has a ways to go, as do the others (which will, no doubt, make their debut in subsequent blogs). But this bit of green and magenta reminds me, as I hope it will you, that sometimes it takes a long time to realize a goal or see a challenge through. But if we keep nurturing, doing the good thing at each step of the way, we truly can bring something wonderful to full flower.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

Chronic Pain: Lost and Found
Somewhere, amid the pain and the frustration we feel over lost health and today's health trials, there are bright, uplifting memories we've lost track of, times when life was easier or days when we heard and enjoyed laughter, did good things and had good times. There are people and places that broug

posted 1:10:19am Aug. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Embracing smooth sailing!
Like the calm before the storm, or the comfort before the next flare, the period of relatively "smooth sailing" can be a bit nerve-wracking. We know that "chronic" means ongoing, and have had flares rise up unexpectedly in the past. So, a period of quiet, when the illness is not so active, might mak

posted 8:03:03pm Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: What if you missed Tuesday?
If you have a chronic illness or live with serious pain, you know that sometimes, you "miss" a day or two in the week. It's too hard to get out of bed. You are going through medical tests, and the outside world seems to disappear into the technicality of prep and procedure. You're brain-fogged, and

posted 1:56:46am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: If You Were Not You
One of the techniques I try to use whenever I'm in a quandry over something regarding my health is to ask, "What if I were not me? What if I were my mother? My sister? My friend? What would I say? Do? Pray over?" This helps me take the sometimes-frustrated or "at sea" me out of the conversation a

posted 1:47:51am Aug. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Prayer for Grace-full Aging
Whether your day has passed or is coming up, we all will age one more year this year and onward. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can turn on grace as we move ahead. Her

posted 1:30:27am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.