February 9

HOPE MONTH: DAY 9: “Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle

Those of you who know me well have seen what I do to share with the world my love of this Universe. I grow things…food, flowers, amazing trees. While some of these may seem frivolous and unnecessary, I don’t want to live in a world where they do not exist. And I love having them in the space where I live and hang out most of the time.

I love looking out my window and seeing the beauty I have created right outside. It is, along with recovery, my best and highest coordinated effort of my work and the hand of that Power that gives it all life. I love the silly cats that come here for food, the birds that come to eat the berries and insects in my yard, the whole cosmic dance that I get to enjoy. I have always been this way.

In kindergarten, I planted a bean and it grew into a plant and I was hooked. My avocation was set. It has been the joy of my life to garden and learn to grow organically and create habitats for wildlife as I do it. I cannot imagine what I would do without it.

So, this quote, about the joy of a flower that grows and has no understood purpose, except its smell and the beauty of it, resonates deeply within my soul. I am in love with this aspect of nature.

I do believe, however, that the purposes of things are unknown to most of us. We are not often tuned in to what the Universe has in mind. We believe that all things are random, and we do not understand the purpose and beauty of the plan.

That is a condition of our humanity; our human-ness. We are not here to get it. What I find crazy is that we grow these flowers in hot houses and charge a zillion dollars for them this time of year, when they are not supposed to bloom, for a holiday that someone made up to capitalize on roses and paper products and diamonds and “love.” What about the rest of the year????

Enough. It is too bad we miss the point. The beauty of any flower, or any seasonal beauty is to appreciate the moment it occurs. Not to see if we can “master” the process and overcome Nature to make it happen when we want it to. Ugh! That is the way of chemical fertilizers and deadly pesticides and toxins that permeate our planet today.

Flowers may be just ornamental, but I am not so sure. We have discovered so many benefits from each of them. Even roses…we use their hips for medicinal purposes on the skin. Nearly every flower I know has some kind of healing properties, when we pay attention and let them teach us, rather than working to overcome and master them.

Nature is my teacher, she is a good one. I have so much hope when I work in my garden. I will never stop planting trees and flowers and food. I see the hope in tiny seedlings, and my heart opens very wide!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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