It has been a while since I last wrote, however over the last few months I have gained some wonderful insights, which hopefully will fill the pages of this blog with thoughtful inspirations that will help both me and those who read it.
Pondering upon the things that have transpired over the past 4 months, I felt it proper to being with this:
For all those green-thumbed gardeners out there, I’m sure you know that this is a poppy plant that has yet to bloom. . .
To put it frankly I find that, in this state, the plant is . . . well . . . extremely ugly.
After quick observation, to me, its form displays more characteristics of a weed than that of a welcomed flowering plant. Its peculiar leaves resemble features accustomed more to the dreaded dandelion than the beloved and beautiful rose, lily, or lilac. Ominous and unwelcoming hairs also cover the entire body of this plant; while oddly-shaped globes rest atop of its entirely green body, revealing nothing of the beauty that lay inside. . . Its UGLY.
Unpleasant and unattractive this organism remains until one day, almost magically, this seemingly decrepit plant blooms into a beautiful flower leaving the observer in awe at its sudden and absolutely stunning array of bold, vibrant colors.
Awesome, I know. But why am so thoroughly interested in explaining the development of this flower?
Well. I feel that there is a correlation between the progression of this flower; from its time consuming, long days of ugliness to its ending in an unexpected burst of beauty and our progression through a rough situation or hard time in our lives. In seeing such correlation I feel it is necessary to remind myself and others what is needed to endure this process.
While experiencing a trial or suffering through hardship it is difficult to see the beauty of the situation; it is hard to forge on when you’re trial seems to be nothing more than a horrible looking weed whose sole purpose is to make your life harder and cause you pain. When no matter how hard you look there is no glimpse of brightness in your future. Spoken honestly, those moments in life are HORRIBLE. I have experienced a few in my days and they were tough! Luckily I have not recently had to experience such trials, however, I have had to watch as the people around me dealt with these types of situations; and while observing from this outside perspective I’ve been able to understand that under such circumstances, try as we will, there is no making the situation “light” or “happy”.
We are forced to endure and hold on.
We are forced to hope.
What an important and necessary action on such occasions.
Now, let me make this point that the meaning of hope that I speak of here is not fleeting or quick to fade in nature as in “I hope they will have sandwiches for lunch today”. Instead, this hope is a resilient and enduring kind. When you posses this hope you understand and accept that a hardship is actually occurring, although you still look forward to a better day. A situation I feel exemplifies this kind of hope comes from the Two Towers. . .
Ok. I know it is a bit geeky, but I really enjoy Lord of the Rings, this part especially. Laugh all you want but I am proud of being a geek. :]
Any ways, here is the conversation between Frodo and Sam as they are lost and discouraged. . .
Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here.
But we are.
It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
. . . :]
That. Is hope.
I know things may be hard right now, oh! Harder than what anyone around you will ever be able to understand, but know that they will get better and there is a lesson to be learned and strength to be gained from what you are going through. Right now things may look very ugly with absolutely no sign of changing for the good, however, if you persevere, you will find the beauty of it all.
Know that one day after all your hard work you will wake up one morning and behold that your situation has transformed into a “stunning array of bold, vibrant colors” and you will be able to find happiness and contentment in your life and your efforts.
And now the CHALLENGE:
If you are going through a hard time, don’t be discouraged! I plead that if you cannot be optimistic about your situation, then at least hang on to hope, patiently endure, and GROW in all that ugliness! Because things WILL get better and you will be a stronger, more amazing person because of it. I Promise. So just . . . HOPE. :]
“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”