Half Bloom

These are my daughter’s sunflowers. I want you to pay attention to the flower on the tippy top. If you zoom in closer, only half of the flower has come into bloom.

I have never liked the saying, bloom where you are planted. 

This saying just seems too bright and sunny for the reality of life. Please don’t misread me. There is lots in life to love. But blooming seems to mean exquisite beauty, vivid color, and euphoric happiness. Maybe even perfection… ick!

I think the saying should say, ‘Half-bloom where you are planted.’ Life is gonna be hard but choose to grow every day. Let go of expectations of the finished product. A half bloom is still a bloom. A half bloom is still beautiful.

Most people know the Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

‘God grant me the serenity 

to accept the things I cannot change; 

courage to change the things I can; 

and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; 

enjoying one moment at a time; 

accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 

taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it; 

trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will; 

that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

forever in the next.’


This prayer is well worth much meditation. For the purpose of this blog, I’m going to focus on a line near the end

that I may be reasonably happy in this life

When I first read this line it irritated me. Is the very best I can have ‘reasonably happiness’?

I mentioned this to a friend and she had the strangest reaction. 

She said,’I love that line. It lets me off the hook to try to make everything fabulous. It seems actually doable.’

It seems that a piece of walking in way less travelled means rebelling against the pace and expectation of our time. 

What if we only expect to have opportunities to grow and only expect to be reasonably happy?

As my friend said, ‘That seems doable.’


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