Bloom where you are planted!

Last Update: July 25, 2021

Hello WA family! It's been a minute. Happy Sunday (or Monday depending on the neck of the woods you find yourself!).

I'm certain, many if not most of you would have heard the expression in my headline, 'Bloom where you are planted'. The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is credited with the quote.

On the journey of life, all of us would find ourselves in the midst of storms - unpleasant, uncomfortable and sometimes downright horrendous situations. When we're in the midst of the deep, dark expanse where the water threatens to engulf us, it is a natural instinct to feel lost, alone, desperate and helpless...for a while.

Life's lessons are a funny thing though - speaking from experience. Sometimes we need to walk through the long and crooked pathway of the dark valley with all its ugliness to take us to the other side of ourselves. There resides the new you. The you who has walked a trecherous journey of self-discovery in order to gain strength, courage, wisdom, foresight and the knowledge to support others who are themselves in a dark valley of their own.

In essence, 'blooming' is taking advantage of the opportunities that every situation (whether good or not so good) present to you in life. Being grateful for it, learning from it, accepting it for what it is and embracing the tough lessons that
sometimes need to be learned on the journey to becoming a better person. I believe that sometimes those unpleasant occurrences are allowed to take place because the lesson may not have been learned otherwise. Don't get me wrong, blooming is downright hard and can sometimes seem long and neverending, especially if you find yourself in an unhappy situation. However, there are some things you can try in order to thrive in situations that might be less than ideal.

1. Cultivate a more positive mentality - try to appreciate the present and accept setbacks, changes and disappointments for what they are. This too shall pass!

2. Look for an opportunity in the midst of the gloom - a silver lining if you will - it might be a person to talk to, a new hobby that will bring you joy, taking a risk like registering with Wealthy Affiliate and beginning your dream business.

3. MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY! Positivity from one day to the next eventually becomes a habit.

Before long...you will bloom without even realising that you are! Make the most of your gifts and talents regardless of your circumstances, and use them to 'bear fruit', not only for yourself, but for your family and those around you too.

Here's to many days of blooming where we're planted!

Cheers!

Maria

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Praxides Premium
Thanks Maria for sharing this great post. Yes, well go through darkness in our lives but we don't despair because there is always light at the end of the tunnel. There is always a sunshine after the storm. And most of all there is always hope when we have faith in God Almighty.
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Brongsugah Premium
Hello Praxides. I couldn't agree with you more! Hope and faith in the Almighty is of paramount importance in climbing out of the dark times. Best wishes.

Maria
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Praxides Premium
Thank you so much Maria. Have a blessed day
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Zoopie Premium
I like it. We are all in a dark place before we bloom.
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Brongsugah Premium
We certainly are Stephen. Like a seed under the earth that has to be watered in order to grow, we burst out into the light eventually. Cheers!

Maria
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SHINEPAGE1 Premium
Maria , how is going my sister , a wonderful post here
When I was younger I used to do farming with my father and grandfather , I can tell you now that there is no better feeling than when you plant a crop, especially peas and that crop start to bloom , and like everything we can compare our business with , blooming is definitely one ,
We should all accept that one day our business will bloom , our hard work will start reaping reward
A wonderful post Maria
Keep it up
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Brongsugah Premium
Hello Hentley! Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by, read and comment on my post. I do appreciate you also sharing your story. Growing up in the Caribbean, we are very familiar with the planting of crops - like peas, and waiting for it to start blooming and for the produce to start growing in. Much like our businesses as you rightly said which will require good soil, watering and much work to make it grow. Take good care.

Maria
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Newme202 Premium
Awesome blog, Maria
We need to take every opportunity as it comes
Live one day at a time
Excercise patience as we wait for our seed to bloom

Sometimes, life may get on the way and we have to start over again
There is no shame in starting over especially as we are now starting from the standpoint of experience

This time, now we are using our talents to the best of our abilities and we know just when our fruit bearing season will be :)
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Brongsugah Premium
Hello Simone! Always happy to have you stop by to read and comment. As usual, you're right on the money and I appreciate you sharing your point of view. I totally agree and would add that it really is up to us to decide how to face the day - particularly the grey days - chins held high and getting on with life. Best wishes.

Maria
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Newme202 Premium
Absolutely :)
Thank you for the addition
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countrylife Premium
Hey
Really great blog post.
Terrific good advice.
Even blooming can come from within, as long as we have a thriving mindset.
Thank you.
Lula
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Brongsugah Premium
Hey Lula. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. Take care.

Maria
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