As the official start of spring, March brings to mind a world in bloom. For many of us, this year’s unpredictable weather has already revealed the first buds of spring. These incoming blooms are a welcome sight, a reminder that no matter how quickly time passes us, the world continues to grow alongside it. It’s exciting to be on the cusp of change, to know we are growing for the better into the people we are supposed to be. It’s a relief to finally have proof that the seeds we planted through our work are slowly coming to fruition. Which is why it’s often so frustrating when our promising buds do not immediately blossom into beautiful flowers.
In our relationships with others as well as with ourselves, we often want to bloom straight away. We try to rush this change, to speed through the growing period to reach our goals. In the end, though, overwatered soil only overwhelms and drowns us. A world in perpetual bloom is no more than a fantasy, or at best a boring, fragile tapestry to be admired but not lived in. Life, much like the weather itself, is unpredictable at best- stormy days come out of nowhere and drown out whole fields of hard work every day. In these moments it’s useful to remember that although flowers are beautiful, it is their buds that hold the promise of possibility. It is the bud, not the flower, that is the true measure of success, because it shows us the humble resilience of hard work. As the world marches on, we keep an eye out for the little buds that surface- unnoticed and unappreciated, but still just as essential a part of spring.