For Sunday, November 29, 2015:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Some people are better at taking risks than others. Or perhaps we feel like we can take some risks but not others. But, if we think about it, it’s a risk to get into a car and drive somewhere — most of us do so every day without thinking about it because it’s our norm, but we are taking a chance nevertheless.
From a horticulture standpoint, buds are certainly part of the growth process. As beautiful as they might be for a while, though, our personal ‘buds’ can wither and die if they’re not properly taken care of. Or, stretching the metaphor, they become something of a prison, and our potential remains encased within the seemingly fragile petals.
If the thought of breaking out scares you a little, you are not alone. Start with little steps. A book that helped me at such a time is Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Most people are familiar with her practice of writing ‘morning pages,’ but what nourished me the most was Cameron’s suggestion of regular artist days. As I contemplated the possibility of first putting brush to canvas, I couldn’t afford art classes but I could go to galleries and museums, art shows and art supply stores.
Those artist dates fed my soul in ways techniques and mechanics couldn’t. I gradually developed the courage to express myself in new creative ways. A lifelong bud finally had the environment to blossom, and as the process came to fruition, the rest of my life — creative and otherwise — opened up in new, exciting ways.
Take that risk. The world needs to see you blossom in the fullness of your beauty.