A Box of Peace –
I received flowers for the first time in my life yesterday. Sure, Beth and I as a couple have gotten flowers and plants from family members and friends but flowers for just me? This was the first time. My wife and I opened the box and pulled out a beautiful Peace Lilly (pictured). It is a luscious green with one bloom but the potential for several more. There was also a candle and condolence card. The gifts were from my co-workers and I’m thankful to work with such kind souls.
We placed the flower on a stand near a window where it will receive plenty of sun. I’ve looked at it many times today and have reflected on the last couple of long weeks since my father passed. I like that the Lilly isn’t in full bloom yet. It’s symbolic. It’s a reminder that peace will come in its time. Right now we are in the early stages f grief and there may be moments of peace but it hasn’t healed the wounds in our hearts. However, if we give it time we will notice blossoms of peace spring up more and more until one day, hopefully, there will be more peace than sorrow.
Until then, we’ll hold to the promise, the hope, that better days are ahead.
This morning I needed to transplant a tree that was growing on the side of a steep embankment. It needed to be moved if it was to remain healthy and reach its full potential. Digging at an angle is precarious work and there were times when I wondered if it was worth all the trouble but it was too late to stop. If the tree was going to live I had to finish. Finally, I was able to remove the tree and planted it in a nice sunny, even spot. Hopefully, it’ll take root and be happy in its new home.
As I was digging, and sweating!, I thought about some of the families I work with and the environments where they’re trying to grow. What they need is someone to come and put in the hard work of helping them move to a brighter, more balanced place. It isn’t easy but if they aren’t given the opportunity a negative outcome is almost certain. Growth, health, reaching their full potential isn’t guaranteed but giving up isn’t an option. After all, there were folks who never gave up on me and if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have the life I have today.