WISDOM IN GARDENIAS. Sometimes I get asked, where does the inspiration for the blog come from? I have written over 800 posts and there is only one answer to this question. I am a lover of life, a student of people and nature. I listen and learn from smarter and wiser people. This doesn’t mean they are the same people as I found a person can be educated with a lifetime of book learning and not possess an ounce of common sense. Some people are blessed to have both and the common denominator is they apply common sense in interpretation of what they have studied.
|Our 2015 bloom|
|Our 2016 bloom|
I learned a message from the fragrant and elegant gardenia. I write occasionally on FB a morning or evening thought. I looked at the memories and saw one of the gardenia pictures shown here which was posted when the bush bloomed last year and I realized yesterday I had posted this year’s first bloom. I looked and this is when the inspiration appeared. Here is my morning thought:
Friday Morning Thought: I think the universe is whirling faster and our heads are spinning, causing very few reasonings to be reasonable. We need to “Be Still” and not be so hasty in our reactions; agree to disagree; communicate with common sense and not emotional impulsive words; and breathe. Life is not meant to be a 24/7 news media feeding frenzy. I thought this morning when I saw that one year ago, we posted a beautiful gardenia and yesterday, the same bush bloomed with beautiful blooms. This tells me life goes on, even with all of the madness in the world today. Live life to the fullest; love life to its fullest; and Live It!
Year after year, we face difficulties in life. We lose loved ones some younger than we can imagine their lives would be over. We have new babies born and then we post pictures of their growth year after year. We get married and sometimes, regretfully divorce; we change jobs and then we change again; we get in shape and then we fall out of shape; we begin and end good healthy eating plans; we start over again.
Now for the deeper thoughts…..What the deeper lesson I learned from the exquisite gardenia, who is actually fragile and delicate, but year after year perseveres is we are here to live and bloom for others to see our God created beauty and value. God made us to have a sweet fragrance of life but here is the deep truth. We are here for a time on earth and as a plant or bush will exist for years and then die; so do we. What is the deep lesson should be “How are people going to remember us?” Were we the sweet gardenia or rose implanted in their minds? Will they think of us and smile? As I said above,
Live life to the fullest; love life to its fullest; and Live It!