By Anne Quinn
I looked out of my window and saw my family puzzled over a couple of flowers they discovered in the backyard. They were fascinated by the beauty and bewildered by the question “How did they get there?!”
Flowers in one’s backyard are certainly not unusual. However, our backyard is one that was not maintained for years! In fact, it was overrun by vines that killed almost all of the other plants. Then last year, a large tree crashed down, destroying vines and every other part of the yard. Yet, there I was, watching through a window, as my family marveled at the random, unexpected beauty of these flowers.
They weren’t aware I was watching, so they came into the house ready to share their amazing discovery! Not only were there flowers in the yard, they were unique and beautiful!!! Right away I was met with questions. “Have you ever seen these before?” “Can we move them to the front yard so they spread out?” “How do we care for them and help them grow?”
I noticed the flower buds at least a week ago, but hadn’t put much thought behind them. Flowers happen, right?!
The bombardment of questions and the excitement by my family made me wonder, “Did I miss something?” I thought, sure, given our yard’s life cycle so far, it was pretty cool that anything was still growing, but life is that way, right?!” But it became apparent that they weren’t just happy and amused by them, they had never seen those kinds of flowers before – flowers I had observed as a common placement in everyone else’s yard.
In abuse recovery, we often have areas that are overrun, destroyed, and cleared out. The new life that develops may seem commonplace, or “just what belongs,” but others will recognize it for what it really is: Beauty. New life. Potential.
You are more than the destruction, but even with the best intent, it can be easy to look over the new life blooming before you. It may not be easy to make that discovery within yourself because you’ve been blinded by the past, but if you open your eyes with intentionality, you will no longer miss the wonders that surround you; the wonders that are you.
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