“And the Day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
There is certainly a time to “stay in your bud,” to hibernate. There are times when it is important to be quiet, reflective. In this space, one can hear the truth, and we can ask questions which gear us towards wise actions:
What shall I do for the next step to help further my business today?
What shall I do to help enhance my relationship with my husband?
What shall I do to help bring peace into a colleague’s day?
Perhaps…. it is slowing down. It is identifying the top two companies we should speak with who would be good partners — rather than the top 10. Or sending positive stats on your husband’s favorite sports teams. Or buying a chocolate chip cookie for your colleague and leaving it on her desk with a kind note and a smile. Anything we are impelled to do with love as our direction, is the right thing to do.
So if we listen…
and follow the footsteps of Truth in serving others…
That wisdom leads us to larger views….
and larger questions.
Perhaps there is a bigger step in our future… and it is a time to really blossom. Our bud must come forth.
So we keep listening… at some point, wisdom will make it so clear that we must take action in a revolutionary way. Perhaps it is something we had thought of, or perhaps a surprise. It could be a career change. It could be setting up an annual get-away with your husband or changing where you and your husband live. It could be that we manage more coworkers, or move into another business unit.
But we will be listening. We will be poised. We will be ready to blossom!
Anaïs Nin (born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She published journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. Nin was first married to Hugh Parker Guiler, and later to actor Rupert Pole.