Bloom. As 2014 was winding down and I started giving some thought to some words to focus on in 2015, I kept seeing the word bloom. In a quote on Pinterest, in a magazine ad, in a book. I firmly believe life sometimes puts things in front of us until we finally notice them. (after all, my husband and I were in the same places at least a dozen times before we met, and then we kept circling around each other for another few years after that.)
My word last year – believe – focused a lot on internal areas I needed to improve. Believing more was something I needed to work on inside myself. Bloom moves me outside myself.
A lot goes on in a plant before it blooms. From seed to sprout to bud – much is unseen. Just like learning to believe has been my (mostly) unseen journey. When a plant finally blooms, it shares its beauty with the world, all of the fruits of its labors become apparent. his year, I’d like to reach beyond my inner self and share with the world.
Just like some of the inner processes of a plant continue after the bud opens up, my journey to believe and to find inner peace will continue. I will still be working on believing in myself, others, and God’s plan. To this end, I am planning on add some things in to focus on this year –
- Meditation – to learn to better control and quiet my mind and reduce the negative chatter. I’m also hoping this will help with my anxiety and occasional depression.
- Running and healthy eating – I started this before but have slacked on it. I just feel better when I do these things, which makes me happier and a much more effective person.
- Monthly volunteering – I’d like to do something each month with the boys so we can all appreciate what we have and discover how we can best use our gifts to help others.
- Turn towards the sun – a plant can’t control most of its environment, but it does reach toward the sun. I can’t control that there are people who are mean or offensive in my world, but I can turn toward those who are kind and encouraging.
This is my start. Just like with believe, I’m sure bloom is going to grow and evolve over this year as I focus on it and what it means to me.
I’m ready to bloom.