Do you see those Black-eyed Susan's? Those beauties are a lesson from nature in love and patience. When I was writing this post, something more than a story about a perennial emerged from the words. The lesson went much deeper and, I think, it is probably your revelation, too.
Let's play a game. Think of somebody that has really supported you and believed in you over the years. Got it? Now here's the fun part. As you read my little post about my plant, I want you to replace the following words in the story:
When ever you see the word "I", replace it with the person you thought of when you think supportive.
When ever you see the words "the Black-eyed Susan", replace it with your own name.
I hope after reading this you give your "I" person a thanks.
Ready? Here goes...
Love and Patience by LOVD
When I first came in contact with the Black-eyed Susan I had much hope. I was excited by the Black-eyed Susan's potential and promise. For 4 long years, I nurtured the Black-eyed Susan in hopes of strong, massive growth. I could see greatness when I looked at her.
Year after year nothing came of the Black-eyed Susan despite unending care and support. I got nothing in return for the effort, but, I was steadfast. I was not giving up on the Black-eyed Susan. I knew love and patience for the Black-eyed Susan had to endure because I believed in her and in all the potential of beauty she had to give and share with the world.
There were years where I saw a glimmer of hope. I thought the bud emerging would finally bloom. I waited with anticipation but the Black-eyed Susan did nothing with her opportunity. The potential was there but nothing happened. I thought, "Well, at least that was a start." So I continued to practice love and patience with the Black-eyed Susan. Love and patience, love and patience.
Then, suddenly one day, after 4 years, as if by magic, the Black-eyed Susan bloomed. And bloomed she did. It was beautiful to see. Finally, the Black-eyed Susan was being who she was meant to be. I was so happy for the Black-eyed Susan. Now she could share her true beauty with the world.
Love and Patience. Don't we all need that to find our own success? Don't we all need to give that for others to find theirs?
As you read the story, inserting your own name and that of your biggest supporter, I hope you share this post with them and thank them for their endurance of love and patience.
I hope you enjoyed my true story and struggle with my real perennial plant of 4 years, the Black-eyed Susan. She is still doing well and continues to bloom into the Fall season.
What lessons has nature taught you?