As I feel the warmer weather come in and see the trees outside our office begin to bud, I’ve been thinking about spring and the process of blooming, but more specifically the idea of “bloom where you are planted.”
In full transparency, this saying has challenged me at times. At best, I thought it meant stay where you are and try to make the most of it — grind through it. At worst, I even thought this statement was just a cop-out for not exploring or stepping out into something new. But what I’ve learned over time is that it is just the opposite.
When we are in the “grind” of daily life we fall into a monotonous routine — wake up, get ready, check emails, get yourself and your family out the door, get to work, get through a multitude of meetings and demands, get home, get through more to-dos and demands, and finally crash into bed to have another “Groundhog-style day” tomorrow.
But ordinary does not have to mean decay. We can, and are even called to, bloom in the ordinary (Phillipians 4:12-13).
To understand this, we have to realize that running through each day by rote is in fact not blooming where we are planted. So how do we actually “bloom where we are planted?” It has to be intentional, and it has to take place in both our personal and professional lives.
In your roles outside of work, are you just going through the motions in your interactions with others? A great way to test this is to recall the last time you were with someone who challenged you (in a good way) or whom you challenged. Are you just showing up to be seen, or do those interactions inspire you to grow and bloom?
The workplace is the next opportunity. When you get to work, do you dive right in without observing those around you? Or do you take time to notice how you can serve someone today? Again, are you just letting yourself be seen, or do you allow the people around you to stretch you to bloom and grow. Do you invest in them to support their growth where you can?
We can only bloom if we are intentional about taking in and absorbing the good around us, just like a plant does with the soil in which it is planted. And as Christians, we know that all that is good is from God (Psalm 37:3-4).
So today, challenge yourself to not just exist and run through the tasks of the day – but to mimic the season of spring we are approaching, and dare to fully bloom where you are planted.
Because just maybe your blooming will stop someone in their path, and give you the opportunity to have a conversation about where that blossoming beauty ultimately comes from.