“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” ― Kiran Desai
As a gardener, I can be quite obsessive when I start plants from seed; especially those for the veg garden. I will read up on their requirements for planting, and how to tend them once they emerge from the soil. And I will continue my daily vigilance once they start to grow, so I can monitor when they need water and have enough light and heat, all important for their growth and survival.
So it is no surprise that when I am contemplating a change in my life, I can be quite obsessive there too. Or at least I have been in the past. Reading, researching a topic, coming up with new schedules, ideas, plans….well you get the idea. Sometimes, the change met with success, and sometimes not. Sometimes I gave it time, and many times I did not as I wanted change to happen quickly.
And was the change sustained by me if there was immediate success? Of course, but not so much when the change was delayed. Many times I would file it away, and forget about what I had done thinking it did not work. I would abandon all my efforts. The funny thing is, that change was still growing and going. I may not have been aware of it, but when I came back around to it, I found to my glee that change had happened. And many times just like a seed planted and forgotten, nature takes care of it helping it to still grow. All the work was important, but it just needed time.
Now I tend to let things go more. I will read, write, contemplate and make the steps necessary for a change…but then I let it go. You know the old saying, ‘if it was meant to be, it will be’; if not then perhaps something better is on the way instead, and I have learned from this too.
I call these changes that go on outside of my consciousness, quiet miracles. They happen all the time because each day, each moment we are changing and different. Each new bit of knowledge, each ah-ha moment, adds to the one before and the one coming after it….and it all changes again. We aren’t aware of these quiet miracles until we see the fruit of our labors; if we are lucky to see them at all. Some quiet miracles happen without us ever knowing. One day in the future, you might hear about it from someone in passing, or from a blog reader in a comment. You might finally see the change in yourself or someone else. And it is then you know that this quiet miracle has happened, giving you a sweet surprise that makes the effort worthwhile.
Recently I was doing a journaling exercise and was exploring this concept of change. You can read more about it in a guest post I did for Mari McCarthy on her blog. She is a journaling guru who has helped me to focus myself through journaling from time to time. And in exploring change, I became aware of the idea of letting go. Aware that courage is a part of change too. I even wrote a poem about change, and posted it this past Sunday. I consider the poem one of those quiet miracles.
I now am embracing change by recognizing these quiet miracles. What’s the next surprise I will see? They are just waiting, growing beneath the soil drinking in the nourishment needed until that brave day they break free and bloom right before my eyes. Are you seeing any of the quiet miracles of change? You just need to stop, wait, look….it is right over there.
Note: The Sunflower here represents Pure Thoughts in the Language of Flowers. Change is a powerful purifier of thoughts.
I leave you with another thought about change. Feel free to download the photo and share.
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