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Lovely Lily Within

"Success seems to be

largely a matter of hanging on

after others have let go."

-William Feather

Do you have a green thumb? The color of my thumb is brown when it comes to gardening. My house holds a few houseplants that have survived for many years, mainly because they prefer to be left alone. I am good at that. All of you newcomer plants, beware!

I want to share a story of a gift I received about five years ago. It was a beautiful double bloom, bright red lily in a small cramped pot. My brown thumb wanted to put it into a new, spacious pot but this was the way it came and this was the way it stayed. The vibrant blooms hung around for quite a long time and then, sadly, the blooms and the leaves all died. I stopped watering the plant and, of course, never fed it even when I was watering it (don't hate me). Deciding to reuse the pot, I dumped the contents into my makeshift compost pile.

The following Spring, sitting out on my back patio, I spied a vibrant red color just peeking up over the two-foot high side of my "compost" container. Investigating further, I found that same lily standing proud above a pile of yard rubbish. Of course, I dug it out and repotted it. It has bloomed for me every year. This last summer was its fifth birthday: every year, two brilliant red flowers.

How many life lessons can we learn here? I am sure at least one has popped into your mind at this reading. My big lesson would be that many people have brown thumbs when it comes to you, and they cannot always see your true worth. Don't give up on yourself, even when cast aside. Keep growing strong and pop your head out your front door. Dare to introduce yourself and join in the good activities of the world. Others can't know you if they can't see you. Someday, they will realize your beauty and your worth.

"The only way to have a friend

is to be one."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meanwhile, know that God loves you all the time.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

My Proof: Exhibit A


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