“Grow Where You’re Planted” - I don’t know who said this, but I love the concept!
It’s easy to always want more, or wish you were someplace else, or wish the present away so you can’t get to something or someplace else.
I lived a lot of my young life wishing my life away. I had fallen in love quite early – and hard. I was in 9th grade and the love of my life had jumped over my parents’ back fence with a rose in his teeth and that was it. 43 years later, he’s still the love of my life.
“Grow Where You’re Planted” is an attitude thing. It means not only accepting whatever situation you’re in and surviving, but THRIVING there. It means making the most of who you are, what you have, at any given time – not only doing well, but ENJOYING the process.
My mother-in-law brought this home to me when we were driving her to a retirement home. She had to give up her home of fifty-some years, give up driving, and move herself and her husband (who had his heels firmly dug in, resisting loudly all the way) to a strange (though beautiful and well-run) place.
I asked her how she was feeling about the move. She said, with no hesitation, “I’m going to love it.” I must have looked surprised, because she added, “I’m going to settle in, make friends, join groups, and make my home there.” And she DID. :0)
I really took that to heart. I admire that attitude and am trying to make it a part of my own life, wherever that takes me.
Not only “Grow where I’m planted,” but “BLOOM where I’m planted!”