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    Monday
    Sep172012

    An Approach For Slow Bloomers

    After picking my daughter up from school and just before pulling into my garage, I drove past the flowers in front of my house and complained almost everyday.

    In spite of the fact that it was a wonderful summer here in Atlanta, our roses just wouldn’t bloom.  So, I complained.  Everyday, as I pulled into my garage, I complained to my daughter about our lack of roses. Then, one day as I was passing by, I glanced over and saw this:

    It was one lone beautiful pink rose in full bloom.  I screeched for my daughter to come over to see the rose, and with this weird look on her face, she said mom that flower has been there the whole time---it’s just finally big and pretty today.  I said no it hasn’t. And---of course she asserted that it had, in fact, been there the whole time.

    What a lesson.  I was so focused on what was lacking that I failed to see the one thing that was slowly blooming everyday.

    Such is life.  As we strive to achieve our greatest ambitions, the little things that we take for granted everyday, are in fact slowly striving to be great on our behalf. The stuff we overlook and pass by is just as important as the things we deem to be great. It is those things---those little things--- that support us while we are preparing for our greatest desires.    

    If you find yourself so focused on what you are lacking that you overlook the things that are slowly blooming in your life, here is your approach:

    Simply stop and smell the rosesAll is not loss.  There is beauty slowly blooming---but you can’t see it if you are focused on what you don’t have.

    Stay in gratitude. Be thankful for what is working and growing in your life right now.

    Check in daily. Everyone is obsessed with the future. When you are goal driven it is easy to get so focused on what’s ahead, that you breeze past the day-to-day. Checking in with what is going on in your life everyday will keep things in perspective and assist you in embracing the process.

     

    What have you been overlooking? How will you apply this approach? Join the discussion the comments below. Are you a slow bloomer? What have you done to embrace the process?

     

    Until next time Loves…when in doubt, simply do what makes sense!

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