I'm working at home today. I can see my shamrock plant that is positioned near the window so it can get sunlight with my faerie statue next to it as a pixie guardian.
I brought the plant home from a reverse raffle excited because it reminded me of my travels in Ireland and the spirit of magical things. I thoroughly watered it and put it on the counter next to my light blue gnome my friend gave to me on my birthday.
Over the next two weeks, the shamrock leaves started turning yellow and then brown and wilting. My friend with a green thumb informed me I had probably over watered it and to let it dry out. One week went by and then two. The leaves started drooping and dying off. I kept pulling out the dead leaves and stems until there were only a couple shamrocks left. I sighed and thought, "See, I'm just not good with plants. Might as well throw it out like all the others that went to the elephant burial ground of my plants."
But a friend who has about 100 plants at her house said it needs sunlight. I thought what do I have to lose and put it by the window.
A week went by and then two and then three. I'd almost forgotten about the plant because it was sitting so low but I looked over and saw new leaves had formed and grown. All healthy lifted up.
I thought about all the times I've about given up on myself. I'm not far enough along in life. I don't have my book written yet. I'm not good at technology. I'm still working at better communication with my boyfriend. I seem to have a start and stop with my good habits I'm working to establish. And why can't I sing like Stevie Nicks or Judy Garland?
My little shamrock plant was a reminder to not give up on myself even when it feels I am stripped down and worn down. That my roots are still there ready for new life and a new perspective on things. They always say it's about location, location, location. Sometimes it's a matter of putting ourselves in a nurturing environment that will support us whether that is with positive thoughts, friends, family, a different job, self care routines, nourishing food, or uplifting and inspiring music.
"Let today be the day...Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth and well-being.” - Steve Maraboli, The Power of One
What is your sunlight? The environment that nurtures and supports you? Move towards that and you may find new life abounding.
My blog is accounts of my observations, living life, lessons learned, seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary, the paintbrush and palette for inspiration. Hopefully it opens you up to new worlds and lets you know that you are not alone in this one.