Wild Crocus | Bibiana Krall
A working writer’s life is filled with writing, editing, reading and marketing, but what else do we do and how might a household chore enthuse our creativity?
Like many modern women, I wear a lot of hats, maybe too many! This morning my lawn was aching for a haircut and I don’t have the patience or extra money to find and keep a lawn-maintenance company. It’s the Deep South y’all, literally, everything is exploding with life.
Funny that I didn’t feel like it or even want to do anything else except write this morning and stay inside. What the heck does that have to do with anything? I promise to reveal it soon…
I plodded to the shed in the backyard, cleaned out the air filter and fired up the push mower. I sit way too much, so at least I was moving. After a half hour of bushwhacking, I was filthy, tired and ready for some sweet tea.
Then, lo and behold, my answer, my precious gift and the reason I wrote this blog post this morning was smack-dab in front of me.
A single, paper-white, wild crocus grew alone amidst the dollar-weed and crabgrass. Was I tempted to mow it down? Or perhaps pick it and grace my writing desk with a lovely flower? No and no, I did neither. Instead I stopped mowing and was immediately overwhelmed with gratefulness for the two-part message.
The first message was sent to me about revising my thesis for the twelfth? Or maybe thirteenth time today? I am so tired of working this hard, I need to rest, but I can’t just yet. The words I needed to hear unfolded in my mind, ‘Beauty is in the differences, understand, embrace and discover how to find this in your story.’
The second was about being different from the day I was born, standing out and being damn proud of it, even if it’s really tough most of the time. What you call a weed, I may call a flower. What you find wonderful to eat or listen to, may not suit me, and that’s totally cool!
What makes life amazing is that we are different and special as individuals. As a creative person who is constantly searching to make my mark, be myself and remain true to who I am, I hope you will find strength in who you are, what you want to say and embody the wild crocus too.
Imagine a valley of these delicate; yet still different up-close, flowers growing together in harmony. Such fragile beauty would be impossible to ignore. Perhaps it might even inspire more people to stop and listen to the important messages all around us, if we would only take the time to hear them.
Until next time, find your Peace, Love, Hustle, then Read or Write. XoX Bibiana
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