Bloom (Despite) Where You’re Planted!

Volunteer Hollyhocks growing between the concrete and the patio pavers. They are thriving despite their location!

In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result.

Joseph B. Wirthlin
Yesterday afternoon at the airport, I smiled in anticipation of the trip to Oregon that was not going to happen.

Yesterday a huge storm cell in Denver, Colorado put a kabash to the Oregon trip that my son and I were eagerly anticipating. We made it onto the plane and then heard message after message about a storm that was limiting access to the Denver airport. For a time the airport was apparently shut down completely. Eventually we de-planed after our trip to the tarmac and back. Our flight was postponed several times and finally cancelled.

It was quite a disappointment, but I still believe that everything happens for a reason. I spent this morning walking on the treadmill instead of walking on a trail towards a beautiful waterfall or walking around the yard at my aunt and uncle’s home admiring all the artistic touches my aunt has added. Despite being a bit down about the trip, I do have so many things to be thankful for.

I found out the flight information for my two exchange students this morning, so that was a huge spirit booster. It makes things more official and increases the ever growing anticipation and excitement of their arrival! One arrives on August 17th and the other on August 20th. I know those will both be joyful days and ones that will more than make up for the one my son and I just spent in the airport.

I plan to take the bad situation and use it as fertilizer to give me more appreciation for the wonderful things in my life. I found a great item on Etsy from PlantablesAndPaper that made me smile. Click on the link if you want a unique gift for someone going through a rough patch! When life gives you sh*t, plant a garden and grow from it! My volunteer hollyhock growing from the pavement is an excellent example! โค

About Beth W.

I try to look for the positive in the people and situations I come in contact with! I believe in the power of positive thinking and I believe that even challenging circumstances can be learning experiences if we have a positive mindset! I'm having fun blogging at: http://picturingpositive.com
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8 Responses to Bloom (Despite) Where You’re Planted!

  1. rothpoetry says:

    A great post. Sad you missed your flight! I love the hollyhock thriving on its own.
    Dwight

  2. janieleeds says:

    Sorry you missed your flight, but God works in mysterious ways. You have an excellent attitude and it’s contagious the way you look at life – inspirational! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for being you Beth! P.S. Love the hollyhocks!

    • Beth W. says:

      You are the sweetest, Janie! โค I agree that God works in mysterious ways and maybe next time all will go smoothly and we’ll appreciate it that much more! ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you are feeling 100% better again and up to the challenges of life! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๐Ÿ˜€

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