Whether in my garden or in my hand
on my skin or on the land
Whether growing wildly or in places planned
where flowers bloom, life feels grand
© Julie Rehnelt 2015
I had a sad thing happen in my veggie garden recently – I lost my beloved zucchini plant to a storm that came through the area during the night. When I awoke the next morning I found my lovely zucchini plant all sprawled out and smashed down from the strong winds and heavy rain. As I was clearing some of it away, I picked up one of the little zucchinis that had broken off that still had its bloom attached to the end, and my first thought was ‘poor thing will never have a chance to become what it was meant to be.’ But as I turned it around in my hand, I thought ‘how beautiful it still is, even after all the trauma it had endured during the storm,’ and I went and grabbed my camera to take a picture of it. As I was snapping, I thought ‘there’s got to be a metaphor hiding here somewhere for me in this… there always is.’ 😉
Maybe it’s to realize how brief and fragile life can be, and what a gift it is regardless of the circumstances, and to keep on blooming even through life’s storms. Or maybe it’s to see and appreciate the beauty that is always all around us, even in devastation, if we make the effort or pause long enough to notice it. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
I choose to perceive that life is beautiful. Even if I don’t get to eat my own zucchini. 😉
I’m still trying to salvage part of the plant, but I don’t know if it will produce anything. I did get a few zucchinis before the storm came, and for that I am grateful.
I hope you find things to be grateful for today too. Keep blooming, my friends!
✿~Peace & Love~✿