In gardening terms, a volunteer is a plant that reseeds itself and pops up
in unexpected places. This Cleome is a plant I had in my garden years ago,
and for some reason, just now I am finding them everywhere.

Why now and not last year, or the year before?
All the conditions must have been perfect this year, for this plant. Seeds that had been hidden and dormant for years are suddenly springing to life.

I feel that way myself sometimes.

Growth spurts and dormant periods, ideas that come and get pushed aside, times when I am too tired to do anything but rest.

And then, other times, the conditions are just right, and something
beautiful begins to grow. Something in my mind raises its hand
and volunteers to come forward.

Some of these seeds burst open overnight, standing strong and tall
on their own. Others need nurturing, I must tend to them,
give them space and light and loving care.

Either way, there will be flowers.

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  • Skye August 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Yes, isn’t that interesting? I am finding that also~things that began surfacing at one poiny in my life & I either tried to pull it out by the roots or cover it up so it couldn’t grow…Decades later, there it is, rising strong, beginning to flower in me.
    Thank goodness Nature is a better gardener than the mind!

  • Graciel @ Evenstar Art August 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

    i am right with you on this. mine are sudden pumpkin blossoms, years in the making. not in the spot i let the long-ago pumpkins decay. elsewhere, but near. the time is right, they say, for flowers.


  • Marcie August 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    What an uplifting and inspiring post. Love the metaphor. I think I’m a lot like the ‘volunteer’..and you – all at once and the same time.

  • Jamie August 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    What a beautiful post! I think we can all related to those periods in life.

  • elk August 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    most of my garden is this way..makes it easy!! and yes I so relate with this metaphor

  • Kathryn August 30, 2010 at 6:38 am

    What a beautiful post, love the analagy. I often feel that way myself.

  • Amy August 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Beautiful, simply beautiful. And very true. I think most of us are like this, although it can be hard to recognize in oneself. But yes, I definitely see that in me.


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