Sunday, February 7, 2010

Alive On The Inside

What appears dead on the outside may really be alive and growing on the inside. There, I've said it. I've made my point in the very first sentence.

The other day I noticed that one of the stalks in my Lucky Bamboo arrangement was dead. It was yellow with black spots and it was dried out. Gone were the
firm leaves and the vibrant green color. Or so I thought.

As I went to throw it out I noticed something quite peculiar. The very top was bright green and two new leaves were sprouting from it, firm leaves. Even the roots contained new sprouts.

I stepped back and thought - Should I keep it or get rid of it? I was in a quandary.
Relationships, opportunities, dreams, and endeavors came to mind. How many things have I given up on and discarded because they appeared dead on the outside or felt dry to the touch?

How many have you?

In case you were wondering, I chose to keep the ugly stalk. And it's still alive...on the inside.

Until next time...


Anonymous said...

This makes you think?????? How do you know what things to hold on to and what things to let go? There have been times in my life when I held on to things and they winded up being pointless but on the other hand I've let go of things that I know deserved much more effort. As with the lucky bamboo that had two little green leaves sprouting from it, do we look for small signs of life to determine when to hold on? How does one know?


Anonymous said...

I love it. Thank you for that reminder. And sometimes you see "life" when no one else can. You may seem crazy or foolish, but that's ok. When my vision is blury I try to see things through God's eyes. Shaunia