“And then the day came…when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”- Anais Nin
Reading this quotation today reminded me of a piece I wrote entitled “The Message of the Poppy.” Here are a few lines from that piece that speak about the “risk to blossom.”
“Today for the very first time in my life I witnessed the actual birth of a poppy. I saw the poppy push itself out of it’s shell and I witnessed that shell falling to the ground. I watched the stem tremble as it unfolded. Then I saw the flower begin to open, gradually unwinding itself. It was the most amazing sight to behold and as I watched it, I thought to myself “I wonder what it feels like to bloom like that?”
Perhaps YOU are at this point in your own life, where the risk to remain where you are, (tight in the bud, stuck, in a prison of your own making) is more painful than the risk it will take to blossom. It takes courage sometimes to come out of your shell and even more courage to actually bloom. Courage is its own reward.
Perhaps today is YOUR day to take that risk, even though you may still be afraid and trembling inside and find out what it really feels like to bloom like that poppy did. Perhaps?
Enjoy and have a magical day.
Veronica Hay is an inspirational writer/author who provides support and resources to help you live a richer life. Her work inspires others to be more of who they really are.