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Let’s Talk about a Suffering Plant

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I want to share with you a story
which gives an analogy of love and of nurturing.

This, by the way,
has nothing to do
with being or not being a vegan.

There is a plant sale and a big plant makes it back to our house
but it is in a small plastic pot.
We want it to grow so

 

we take it out of its cramped container
and place it in a more sturdy one,

Then we water it. 
But some of the leaves turn brown,
So, we clip them,
but it is still a little droopy.

So, we move it to a window for sunlight,
but it grows over toward one side.
So, we spin it around to straighten it out. 

In a few days we notice springing buds of blossoms.
We love this plant
and want it to thrive!

However, the plant! 

The plant says, “Why did you take me from my home?
It was cozy there. It was familiar.
I did NOT want new dirt or a new bed!

“Then it rained on me. The water drowned me.
My roots were soaked.
You caused that flood.

“Parts of me you just tore away!
Now, I am in the heat.
The light hurts my arms. But you!
You spin me around and around like a top just to make you happy.

“What were you thinking,
covering my roots with that stinking manure,
now that I am beginning to flower?”

Are we surprised by this feedback?
We consider that tirade.
We loved that plant, from the beginning. Yes?

We watered the dry soil.
Clipped the dead leaves.
Carefully placed it the warm sunlight, gently turning it every day.
Enhanced the soil’s nutrients to make the plant strong so that it could bloom. 

We think about how much we want it to thrive.
 
Sometimes we feel as if we are that suffering plant.
When we feel this way,
we forget that “suffering” happens for a reason.
 

It may help us to be who we are destined to be
realizing that we are loved
with all that activity
focused on our growth for our own good.

This can be difficult to grasp. 

So, I encourage you
to have multiple conversations
with the “plant” owner.

Try to remember the times before you bloomed…
then, talk to that owner
about your next bouquet.

Copyright © 1960-2019 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved

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