Monday, September 5, 2011

Expect the Unexpected

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.