It seems like another lifetime when I was standing barefoot in cool spring water, marveling at exotic, virgin wildflowers. They fascinated and inspired me. The way they grew indiscriminately, in random places. The way their beauty shone. And all of a sudden, I wanted to be like that; to grow unforeseen, in ways no one expected. It gave me a vision and I brooded on it for days. As the year comes to a close, I’m revisiting that moment and sharing it with you. Because letting yourself grow is the best New Year’s gift you can give yourself.
The last post was supposed to be my final one for 2014. But I couldn’t resist another one; a little something to end the year with. It’s just that I’m so full right now. There’s pure joy, genuine appreciation and indefinable eagerness. When you’re so filled to the brim, it’s bound to spill a bit. And, why not?
Christmas was beautiful as usual. The home was speckled with sounds and smells. My overworked little oven emitted tantalizing buttery aromas that wafted out windows and into corridors. Flour was everywhere, over kitchen counters, under my nails, in my hair. Lights twinkled and magic flowed into every empty space. And then there were the neighbourhood kids. They thronged my living room every evening, essentially for carol practice. But honestly speaking they sang less, jabbered more, squabbled even more. I feigned annoyance and made threats but the truth is they were the balm to my tired soul.
I love that Christmas comes at the end of the year. The exultation that this season brings just washes away all the tears and pain and disappointments of the months gone by. It’s impossible to feel anything but triumphant and joyous. That’s the kind of sentiment you need to embark upon a brand new year.
At the end of every year, I like to separate the red, blue, green and yellow blocks, take stock and make plans. But this isn’t a perfect Lego life. And perfect it shouldn’t be. Like my little nephew, Ethan, I just want to fix the pieces together intuitively without thinking too much. Logic can take you from A to B. But intuition can take you anywhere. I read that somewhere. That’s how I want to go forward.
I shall continue to share my victories and failures with you. As I go along, gingerly testing new paths or merrily treading familiar ones, you’re welcome to join me all the way, drop out mid-way or come and go as you please. Together or alone, it doesn’t matter. What matters is this: That like those wildflowers we stay true to our identity. That we grow freely in beauty and joy. That we celebrate ourselves.
Here’s wishing you all a brilliant 2015! Believe fiercely that the best is yet to come.
11 thoughts on “THE WAY WILDFLOWERS GROW”
Thank you Renica for sharing your victories & failures. Continue the good work thru out 2015. Cheers.
Cheers, Isaac! : )
Keep inspiring us, dear friend..wish you too a fabulous 2015😘
2015 is gonna be great, Mel. ; )
… but the truth was… they were the balm to my tired soul……
Renica…. ….. really envy your ability to channelise your thoughts and get sorted…. wish we all could do it atleast on this new year eve and tread ahead with a fresh, sorted outlook…
Thank you, Abhi. Am sure 2015 will be the best year yet. Good luck.
Very inspiring piece of work…wish u nd ur family a very happy new year 2015
Tks Jeena. Wish you guys a wonderful year ahead too.
A very sweet article…Wishing you too a Very Very Very Happy New Year 2015!!!
Thank you, Rachel. Hope 2015 brings us all that we’ve been waiting for. Cheers!
As usual you are toying with words, when finding one, is like that hidden gem! Another INSPIRING article.
Keep going, with your victories and failures. You are your train driver!
Passengers come through a door and are gone through another!
This para “I shall continue to share…..”, says it all. Your Visions!
Its not your victories and failures that counts, its your INSPIRING articles! They speaks volumes!