This is a passion flower – a woman we see often on our walks at Lake Junaluska, who always smiles and says hello, walked up to us the other morning holding three green pods. She said, “Take one of these, put it in a bowl of water, and it will bloom out. They’re beautiful. They’re called passion flowers.” I took it, and thanked her. We were about finished with our walk, so I carefully held it to the car, and then home.
Once home, I put it in a bowl of water, and waited. Soon, it bloomed…how beautiful it is, just as she said.
I wanted to take photos for all my Blog friends, so you could see it, too. Oh, I wish I had taken the time to snap better photos – sometimes we rush through things. We don’t take the time to do things “right.” I rushed because I am rushing. I am rushing through my life right now. I wake, fall out of bed, head to the computer, turn it on, get my coffee — and sometimes I’ll allow myself to drink my coffee on the porch and watch morning come to the cove–the sun spilling over the ridgetops–but oft-times I set right to work. So much to do, I say. So many things to catch up on, I say. Even my walks are hurried – hurry hurry Kat – hurry to get home and get to work.
For such an incredibly beautiful flower, I should have taken more time with it. Shot those pictures with care and appreciation and awe. And that’s a big metaphor for my life right now: taking some appreciation for the beauty around me, the people I meet, the air I breathe . . . all of it; instead of the mad rush to “get things done.” There is a balance and I need to find it — I can get my things done and still stop to photograph a lovely flower, or sit on the porch and do nothing at all (stop my mind’s mad stomping), taste my food without hurrying through it (or worse, eat while working).
How about you? Are your thoughts stomping around in your head drowning out the peace? Are you mad scurrying around and not taking a moment to be still? Do you “hit the road running” from the time you get up until you lay your head on your pillow at night (and even then, stomp stomp go the thoughts)? Maybe we can all take a deep collective breath together…..ahhhhhh…..here we go…deeeeeeeeeep breeeattthhhh innnnnn, . . . . . . let it out sloowwwwwwwwwww. Let’s do something with care today, something in the moment – some small thing we usually rush through – and let’s See it, Feel it, Savor it….brand it upon our memories so that one day when we are very very old, we will remember it and smile.
I’ll be back with news on Maggy-Lou. As for everything else, well…all in time . . . right?