31 Days of Paying Attention — Day Twenty-Three

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And then, it was my turn to point to something as we walked in the gardens of the Natural History Museum during that poetry workshop last month. I went immediately to this potted plant, which was drawing both humming birds and bees to its blooms. I was attracted to its vibrant color first of all — if you haven’t figured this out already, I happen to love clear, bright colors. It sparkled in the sunlight of the late afternoon and I could see why the hummers and the bees found it appealing.

But as I stared at it for a minute, and waited for the words to come, the metaphor to take shape, I was struck by this particular bloom, which was more than half gone. So am I. That is both a hard truth to acknowledge and a lovely piece of truth. My journey is more than half done. 

But there are parts of this half-done plant that are still vibrant, colorful, and attractive to God’s creatures. Yeah, that’s what I want to be, please God. That’s what I want to be:

magenta bracts
gray-green leaves
reaching every which way
blooming,
fading,
dying
all in place —
hanging on,
hanging on.

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Comments

  1. May we all be vibrant and colorful for God’s glory until the end!
    Blessings, Diana!

  2. Elaine Byer Reed says:

    Diana, I just love your optimistic, open, appreciative ability to see God and his creation.

  3. Margie Bicknell says:

    Oh, Diana, you will never grow old….
    There are days when noticing my age is like that beautiful flowering plant you saw….vibrant and still humming along. And yet, I am closer to the Jordan side of my life. And I still have so much I want to do!
    We all need to continue to grow, life demands it, and retirement isn’t in God’s vernacular.
    Blessings, Diana.