Thought for the Week: Bloom where you are

In this month of June, the theme is “Behold Beauty Everywhere,” and this week’s lesson is entitled “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” I think for many of us we have this innate urge to look out and beyond our current circumstances in life and yearn for something better, something bigger, something that will bring us more peace, joy, and contentment. This little voice in our heads say: “I’ll be happy when…” And as we do that, we place our happiness outside the current moment. Why do we put off experiencing the happiness that could be ours right now?

The life we are living can only be lived one moment at a time, one breath, one heartbeat, at a time. Of course, it is only natural to look ahead, have a vision, have goals, have desires, and look forward to having those things fulfilled. And yet there must be a delicate balance between living in the now and in the future. One of the surest ways to stay focused on the now is by simply opening our eyes and perspective to the beauty that is all around us. They say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and how true it is! As we focus on beauty, our hearts respond with happiness and peace.

Acceptance and gratitude are key elements to living in the here and now. When we place ourselves in that type of mentality, we are then available to seeing possibilities where none existed for us before. Bloom where you’re planted means no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we are open to doing our best. I think about the courage and absolute amazing perspective and fortitude Anne Frank had as she was hold up in the confines of that secret annex for eight months. Or Hellen Keller’s beautiful view of life through blind eyes and deaf ears. How many of us would respond as they given those circumstances? Be grateful and open to doing your very best right where you are.

‘Say with me: “I am grateful and feel extremely blessed to live this life God has given me. I vow to open my eyes and awareness to the beauty that is in and all around me so that I may do my best at all times, giving glory to the One whose Life I live.”

—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living

Thought for the Week: Bloom where you are

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