Earlier this summer I broke one of my personal rules. Don't buy a plant unless it's blooming. I've been disappointed too many times and decided I needed to actually SEE the bloom because things happen. Sometimes those cards get stuck in the wrong pot or the color is different than you expected.
We received a gift card to local nursery and went shopping. We bought a bunch of perennials and I was looking for a plant with white blooms that could be cut and used in arrangements. Finding what I thought was a white variety of a daisy, took it home planted and watered it ... for months - no bloom. Oh, it was growing taller and fuller but nothing. I started to wonder what I had actually bought.
Then at the beginning of August it actually happened! There were little buds on the plant. I waited and what burst forth were small clusters of yellow blooms with black centers. Perfect. It was exactly what I never knew I wanted. I have been enjoying these flowers all month.
This seems to be happening to me more and more. I have an idea of what I want to do or be and start heading in that direction with hope of accomplishing my goals.
Often times the result is different then I had planned but I'm okay with that. There's something about living a life of surrender that makes every moment (even the small ones - like the wrong flowers) worth celebrating.