17 Jun Bloom where you are planted
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse
I’m in Maine this week. When you enter the state of Maine the sign says,
WELCOME TO MAINE
The Way Life Should Be
I believe the intention of the tag line refers to the pace of life here: simple, natural, and slow.
I tend to agree, which is why I vacation here. It’s pretty ideal. I can feel my breathing slow down and my mind begin to clear almost immediately after stepping outside the airport terminal, and more and more with every breath of the fresh Maine air I take.
Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t live here year-round; I love it that much. Then I remember WINTER—and I snap out of it!
But I also remember where I live and what I’m called to do and where my tribe is, reminding me that even if it feels like this is the way life should be, it’s not how it’s meant to be for me, right now. At least, not in this season of my life. There are things I’ve been called to do and I can’t do them from here. There are people I’m meant to do life with right now, who do not live here.
There is work to be done where I have been planted and no matter how appealing somewhere else looks, what is more important is that I’m where I belong. I’m not saying there aren’t times when we’re called to move and go somewhere new—that happened to me 23 years ago when we moved from New York to Florida, but I’m saying that we must be careful not to be tempted to uproot and move on to something different just because we think it’s the way things should be. Sometimes we’re called to stay where we are—where we’re meant to be—and make it better. The grass is not always greener on the other side (though, I do have to say, it’s pretty darn green here).
Let’s make sure we don’t see other people’s lives and think that’s the way our
life should be.
Let’s not look at someone else’s marriage and think that’s the way ours should be.
Let’s not see someone else’s job and think that our job should be that way too.
Just like I cannot know what it’s really like to live here year-round and deal with the snow and remoteness, we cannot possibly know the ins and outs of someone else’s life or a different circumstance we think we would like better than our own.
Let’s embrace the life we have and do what we can to make it better. Let’s bloom where we are planted until we hear the call to move on.