We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill, British statesman and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
We all complain sometimes about our circumstances.
Things don’t go according to plan. People don’t act the way we think they should. We build up our hopes for something, yet it doesn’t come through.
I wonder if plants ever feel that way.
Does one flower fret it’s not as “pretty” as another? Do trees agonize over not being as tall or full as other trees?
Somehow I doubt it.
Take these wildflowers, for instance:
They could’ve complained I didn’t do a professional job of preparing the soil for their seeds. Didn’t water them adequately. Didn’t put them in the right place for beneficial sunlight.
But they’re growing — and might I say, thriving? — in spite of it.
There are Marigolds, Zinnias, and some kind of Daisy. I haven’t identified the others yet, but if you know, feel free to share.
I never really expected them to spring up. I’ve planted seeds before, but nothing resulted.
And these seeds were packaged for last year, the year of COVID, when I had nothing but time on my hands to plant and tend them.
Why did I wait? Who knows.
And look at my little tree:
You’ll recall it sprang up seemingly out of nowhere a year or so ago.
If I’d been choosing, I’d have selected a “better” location for it — not beneath a TV antenna that probably should’ve been removed ages ago.
Nor smack dab in landscaping rocks.
But it, too, seems to be flourishing. It’s taller and fuller than before — almost 17 inches high now — and if you look closely, you can still see the tiny red yarn I wrapped around its “neck” last year as the weather turned cooler!
Recently, I asked our yard man what kind of plant it was. Using an app on his phone, he proclaimed it an Eastern Juniper (AKA red cedar), a long-lived species that grows in North America from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and west to the Great Plains.
Maybe we (and our plants) would prefer different living conditions than the ones we have, but perfection isn’t always necessary for success.
What do you think?