Updated: Aug 20
Ah, the old adage "bloom where you are planted." It sounds lovely in theory, but really, it makes me want to roll my eyes. How many times have you heard this and thought barf? I know me too! But I want you to hear me out on this though. I have been working on reframing this and I wanted to share this
Let's explore what it really means to bloom where you are planted.
Firstly, let's talk about the literal meaning of the phrase. If you're a plant, you don't really have a choice in where you're planted. You may end up in fertile soil with plenty of sunlight and water, or you may end up in a cramped pot on a windowsill with a forgetful owner. In either case, the plant has to make do with what it has and find a way to grow and thrive.
As humans, we have a bit more agency in where we "plant" ourselves. We can choose our careers, our hobbies, our social circles, and our living situations. But sometimes life throws us a curveball, and we end up in a less-than-ideal situation. Maybe you moved to a new city and don't know anyone, or maybe you're stuck in a job you hate, maybe you are married to someone that you loathe. In these situations, it's tempting to throw up our hands and give up. But that's where the "bloom where you are planted" mentality comes in.
So, how do you bloom where you're planted? Well, first you need to assess your situation. What resources do you have available to you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your goals? What role are you playing in your own misery? What fears or false beliefs are keeping you stuck in this dark, dry, miserable place? Once you have a clear picture of your current situation, you can start to make a plan for growth and adaptation.
Let's say you're stuck in a job you hate. You could sit around and complain about it, or you could look for ways to make the best of the situation. Maybe there's a coworker you get along with, and you could form a friendship with them. Maybe there's a project at work that interests you, and you could offer to help out. Maybe you could use your free time to learn a new skill that could help you in your career down the line. Start a budget and focus on becoming debt free! The point is, even in a less-than-ideal situation, there are ways to find pockets of opportunity and make progress towards your goals.
Of course, it's not always easy to bloom where you're planted. It can be hard to stay positive when things aren't going your way, and it can be tempting to give up and try to find greener pastures elsewhere. But sometimes the grass isn't actually greener on the other side - it's just a different shade of green. By focusing on what you can control and finding ways to make the best of your current situation, you can grow and thrive no matter where you're planted.
In conclusion, blooming where you are planted is all about making the best of your current situation and finding ways to grow and adapt. It's not always easy, but it's worth it. And who knows, maybe one day you'll look back on that patch of dirt next to the dumpster and realize that it was the perfect place for you to grow into the amazing plant (or person) you are today. Just don't forget to water yourself every once in a while.
Blooming wear you are planted requires more than just reading this blog, it requires creating space for new ideas to emerge, asking for help, and action!
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