On a beautiful Sunday afternoon last September, I planted 44 bulbs in my front flowerbed. This ranks right up there with the largest amount of gardening I have ever done. I was so proud of my efforts and my heart welled up with excitement for seeing these beauties bloom come spring. This was such a momentous event in my life that I even wrote a blog about it. (You can read that here.) Today, I am pretty irritated about those bulbs. It is early March, there are two to three feet of snow covering the flowerbed and more snow is in the forecast for this coming week. Those bulbs will not likely be cracking the surface until late April. As I stated in the September blog post,
"I don't even have a guarantee that they are going to emerge from the dirt or bloom into color."
That's very true! I don't have that guarantee. I had the opportunity to plant the bulbs and now all that's left to do is wait for the "fruit".
Here is something I never considered when purchasing and planting 44 bulbs: What if I don't get to see them bloom? What if they actually bloom, are beautiful and full of color, but I am not the one who gets to enjoy them? What if all of that work was for someone else's enjoyment (someone I don't even know)? Would I have still made the purchase and done the labor?
I guess I can stop there because there is no application to life with this one! HaHa :)
This applies to so many areas of life!!
Consider this series of questions:
- How are you currently investing your life?
- Is your investment solely for your own pleasure and satisfaction?
- Are you willing to work hard at the tasks right in front of you?
- Are you willing to work hard even if you have no guarantee of results or any guarantee that you will get to show off your results?
My first spring at this house, I had no idea what would pop up in the flowerbeds. We moved here in March and the beds were buried in several feet of snow. It wasn't until late April or early May that the first glimpses of spring peeked through the cold earth.
Imagine this scenario with me . . . Someone is going to move into my house in the next month or two. They won't know what's hiding under the dirt, under several feet of snow. The longer, warmer days will begin melting the snow. Slowly, one by one, little pieces of dirt will move out of the way for the growing flowers. Eventually 44 stems of varying heights and varying colors will cover the small flowerbed.
Can you imagine the joy and surprise of this new resident. I bet the woman of the house will check that flowerbed every morning. I can picture a smile on her face each time she approaches the house or enters the driveway. Maybe that color created by those flowers will make her and her family feel welcome and content more quickly in their new environment. Perhaps I will have the opportunity, without ever knowing, to be part of their story.
Plant the bulbs and Be Extraordinary!
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