“Things blossom in their time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time.” ~Neil Gaiman
Countless sources throughout history have impressed this topic upon us. My favorite, perhaps, is the passage from Ecclesiastes in the Bible: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” Some of us feel that we have to compare ourselves with others–peers, siblings, friends, athletes, musicians, and so on. Most of us were not childhood stars, and most likely have yet to hit our peak in life… and that is ok.
The majority of us need more time in our lives to “bud and bloom.” We need a bit more maturing–more experience, learning, and growth–before we are ready to contribute to the world with our full potential. And I find this to be more than acceptable. After all, I prefer to be constantly growing towards something greater in life. That is not to say that I cannot be contributing as best I as I know how to right now, but that I have the ability to mature and grow so that my contributions can be much more effective, meaningful, and lasting.
Relax… you do not have to bloom anytime soon. Spend some quality time learning, growing, and living life so that as you mature, you will become a more loving, caring, and selfless individual. And when the time comes to blossom, the beauty you bring forth will be the most spectacular gift you could possibly give back through the course of your lifetime.
Take some time to reflect upon how you have grown over the last 6 months.
Questions to consider:
Think of some individuals you know who have reached their peak late in life? What have they contributed to your life?
Why could it be better to wait patiently to bloom in our own time rather than trying to hurry the process along?
Is anything truly gained by blooming before our time?
For further thought:
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Thomas Gray, An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard