Flow­ers, Projects, and Dreams for the New Year

Activated - - NEWS - By Joyce Sut­tin Joyce Sut­tin is a re­tired teacher and writer and lives in San An­to­nio, USA.

I love tend­ing my gar­den, but I have a prob­lem some­times with flow­ers. I love to buy a few each spring and en­joy them through the long sum­mer days, tend­ing them and wa­ter­ing them and ad­mir­ing their beauty. I just have a hard time let­ting go of them as they be­gin to turn yel­low and die.

When I see the dev­as­ta­tion of my plants at the end of the sea­son, I al­most feel like giv­ing up on my gar­den al­to­gether, but I’m al­ways amazed by spring. I see the first tiny new sprouts shoot up from the ground and re­al­ize that life is still there. The germ of the seed is still there. I just need to be pa­tient. I need to trust in the seeds. All they need is to be al­lowed to do their thing and be born into a glo­ri­ous new plant.

This is like my ideas, dreams, and goals for each new year: some­times I just need to let them go or put them on hold for a time. I need to trust that when the time is right, all those thoughts will be­gin to ger­mi­nate again and I will have a project. Then if I ten­derly and dili­gently care for the project, it will come to life.

So this year I’m go­ing to stop mourn­ing dead plants and projects. I’m go­ing to let them be and give them time. Then when the mo­ment is right, when the sun shines bright and the gen­tle rains be­gin to come again, I will have the bless­ing of be­gin­ning some­thing new and beau­ti­ful.

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