Yesterday I lost an older, beloved family member who had been ill for some time. Even though I said my goodbyes to her a long time ago I still found the reality of the loss quite difficult. This morning it finally hit me, and I found myself immobilized in the car at my children’s school, finally letting the tears flow.
Then I came home and viewed this with fresh eyes and my spirit was renewed.
There is something inspiring about seeing new life emerge out of the earth every spring. It is also deeply satisfying when it is life that you placed into the soil with your own hands. The amazing part is that, after my initial efforts, this growth continues on year after year without needing my help. Life wins.
This reflection left me encouraged that all our efforts for good will continue to bloom and grow and add beauty to this world, even after we are gone.
Not only that, but it can spread. All the plants and flowers in these pictures are from the garden of a friend (and there are many more not pictured). Many years ago she graciously shared with me from the abundance of growth in her life, and every spring I smile and think of her.
Now my own garden overflows and these plants are ready to be divided and shared. I can continue to pass on her gift to others.
So today as I gaze upon this growth I will remember… though the body of my loved one has stilled, what they contributed to this world will remain. The lessons she taught me and the kindness she showed to others will continue to beat fruit.
Beauty, kindness and memories continue on. Life wins.
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