Monday, October 20, 2014

Lilies



“Yet, the great ocean hath no tone of power Mightier to reach the soul, in thought's hushed hour, Than yours, ye Lilies! chosen thus and graced!”

Felicia D. Hemans


It’s not that late, but I’m tired because I don’t feel well and I didn’t sleep well and I just want to go to bed, but I’m committed to writing every day.  Because who knows how close I am to reaching my goals?  And besides I love writing and I’m not going to let a little upset stomach or some fatigue keep me from my Purpose.  I’ll probably delete this paragraph when I publish this, but I have to start somewhere.  That’s what Purpose is – I Get Started and I Keep Going...even when I don’t feel great.  I just keep writing and working.  But what should I write about?
Perhaps I’ll write about the flowers in my place.  They’re lilies.  They’re bright and yellow and beautiful.  They give me hope.  A few years ago I didn’t know anything about lilies.  Now they’re my favorite flowers.   I used to think the rose was my favorite flower because that was everyone’s favorite flower.  But I think it’s everyone’s favorite flower because most people don’t really know much about flowers.  The rose is just more popular. 
But the lily is beautiful and diverse and complex.  I’ve had white lilies with pink and they were beautiful, too.  The yellow ones brighten up the place.  As I said, they give me hope because the time I was learning about lilies and flowers, I was also learning about myself, and the potential and responsibility I have.  I was beginning to understand that God really loves me and that I am created for a purpose.  As I was learning about the lily, I was learning that I can write, that I should write and that lilies and writing may be the thing that gave me hope. I’m not interested in being clever here.  That would be an embarrassing attempt.  It’s enough to say that I love lilies.  I love how they bring beauty and order to my place.  
My place could use a little more order.  Last night I cleaned some of the kitchen.  It still looks good.  I like order.  I need it.  But it’s hard for me to maintain.  But I have a picture in my head about what order looks like.  It has lots of space.  (A translation of the term “Feng Shui” is space.)  An orderly place has space and simplicity.  There would be a vase of flowers, lilies, to add beauty, but there would be little else.  I can see this.
That’s a big secret to Purpose.  We can see it.  It may not even be close to reality, but we can see it so clearly that we can almost touch it.  The trick to making it reality is to see it every day.  You see it so clearly that you do a little more and a little more every day, every day, every day, until you can really and literally touch it.
So the lilies remind me of when my Purpose started.  They remind me to Get Started and Keep Going.  One more thing:  when I started this blog, I was tired and didn’t feel well.  I feel better now and I have energy.  Purpose heals our souls.  Maybe it heals our bodies also…like some flowers.