1. The flowering state, a period of flowering.
2. A state or time of beauty, freshness, vigor
3. A state or time of high development and achievement
Look at these! Soooo amazing! They’re from the seed gift from WISP last summer.
What’s really neat is, even though last summer I didn’t have time to plant them because it was too crazy busy – I just planted a couple of seeds in and amongst my garden pots this year, not sure that they would take and grow. Just as I applied for this semester’s scholarship, I noticed the plant sprouting out, and was so surprised and it was funny timing.
Then the day I got awarded the scholarship for this semester, it had bloomed. Again such neat timing! Every time I see them, I think of everyone at WISP, and all that I am accomplishing, and have been delivered from, and am so grateful!
~ Andraya, current WISP recipient
We often use the phrase “planting a seed” to describe what we mean when we offer help and resources to a woman stuck in an unhealthy relationship. When someone is having a hard time we want the relief of seeing them get help and starting to do better right away. It’s uncomfortable to see someone suffer when we think there’s a better way, and it can be a challenge to let go of our own distress and allow those seeds that were planted to germinate in their own time.
The truth is that the timing is out of our hands. The conditions have to be exactly right for those seeds to sprout. Letting go of any preconceived notions about timing sometimes allows for a beautiful synchronicity to unfold.
Despite any doubts, discomforts or worries, the trick is to plant those seeds of hope and possibility anyway. They might not take root, or we may never see the outcome. But often, to our surprise and delight, they bloom in unexpectedly beautiful ways.
Jason Jackson shares his experience with feeling hopeless, helpless, and not belonging in his 12-minute TEDx talk, Bloom Where You Are Planted.
“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”
“When you stop blooming where you’ve been planted, it’s time to put down new roots.”
“Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow into beautiful flowers.”
“A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.”
“May the flowers remind us why the rain was necessary.”
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”