Facing Change: A Flowery Perspective

With so many topsy-turvy things facing us in these turbulent times, this quote made me pause and reflect:

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin (1924-1987)

But, maybe sometimes we don’t want to face things, especially the hard stuff in our lives (and in our world.) Like this flower we turn our backs on what needs changing.

Or maybe we see others around us facing things, blooming fully, but we’ve given up like the sad crumpled flowers in this pic. Too tired to try.

Here’s the thing. Maybe we can’t face EVERYTHING that’s pounding us all at once, but we can take one small step, then another, and face one thing at a time.

As we gradually open ourselves up to being the change we want to see in ourselves (and in the world) maybe our circumstances won’t change – but we will.

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.”  Madeleine L’Engle

grace, peace & brave flowers

Virginia : )

Photos: Rose of Sharon hibiscus flowers spotted last week at the Welcome Center in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, the state.

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12 Responses to Facing Change: A Flowery Perspective

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Lovely flowers and good piece that made me reflect. I agree with what you have shared. It is hard to face everything but until we face our challenges, how will we ever overcome?! Thanks for a good read.

  2. Lisa Coleman says:

    Beautiful flowers and a wonderfully accurate quote. 💜

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Lisa. These Rose of Sharon Hibiscus flowers are HUGE! Hope you are doing well. 🌟🌷🌟

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        Yes they are! I’m doing great! Ready for some cooler weather so we can start hiking. Bird migration is coming and it will be wonderful to just get outside a couple days a week for extended periods of time. 🙂 You doing ok?

      • Virginia says:

        Glad you are doing well, Lisa. I’m also looking forward to cooler weather! Can’t wait to see your bird migration pics. Today I saw 5 bluebirds hanging out in our neighborhood – we sometimes see 1 or 2, but FIVE was a real treat. I’m doing OK, thanks for asking. These are crazy times!!!! 🌷🤗🌷🌟🕊☀️

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        The bluebirds have been quite dominate this year for us here too. I had 8 in my yard yesterday morning. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been seeing them in the neighborhood. There were at least 2 pairs that had chicks & now they are all getting their colors in. The most I had seen was 6 & that was down the street. 🙂

      • Virginia says:

        Can’t believe you had EIGHT BLUEBIRDS in your yard. I’ve never seen bluebird chicks, that must be amazing. My precious mama loved bluebirds – sightings were occasions of joy. Seeing 5 the other day was like a “Hello” from Heaven, but seeing EIGHT would be like a lightning bolt of Hellos! That may sound weird, but we usually don’t see many bluebirds here. Eight, wow, wow, wow. Totally cool, Lisa! 🙂

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        Yes it was totally cool! 6 were in the yard this evening after I took my orders to the post office. They are sooooo blue now! It’s been a real treat! I’m just waiting for them to fly somewhere else for the winter even though they are here year-round. 🙂

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