Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales said that to bloom where you’re planted is to be content with your current circumstance and make the best of it. This couldn’t be more true especially when it comes to our lives today. The exact phrase “bloom where you’re planted” went more like this,
“Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.”
No matter what your religion is or spiritual beliefs are, it’s easy to put this statement of bloom where you’re planted into your own life. We have all been in a tough place before and maybe wanted to experience a new life or a fresh start. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and feel like you’re stuck in a rut. But if you take a step back and focus on the present moment, you can begin to see the beauty that’s right in front of you.
Where you are planted is the present moment and you bloom by being grateful and content with what you have. This doesn’t mean that you don’t ever strive for more or that you’re never unhappy with your current situation, but to constantly seek a different life or better soil is to leave the present moment and follow the ego into the future. The ego is always seeking something more because it’s never satisfied. But true happiness comes from being content with what you have and making the best of your current circumstance.
How To Bloom Where You’re Planted
Practice mindfulness and being in the present moment
Have you ever found yourself missing your high school sweetheart instead of loving the partner you’re with now? Thinking about the past and what could have been or worrying about the future will only make you unhappy.
- In Buddhist teachings, suffering is the human state, because humans are always in a state of desire instead of the present moment.
- In Christianity, 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to focus on the present moment because it’s all we have. So we do not focus on what is seen but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
- In Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita also speaks to the pain that humans go through by constantly living in the past or future.
No matter what your religious belief, across the board, to be anywhere but in the present moment is to suffer.
The first step in blooming where you’re planted is to be mindful and focus on the present moment. When you focus on the present moment, you can begin to see the beauty in your life that you didn’t see before.
You can also start to appreciate the people and things you have in your life instead of always focusing on what you don’t have. When you do this you begin to feel a sense of true love and source energy.
The best way to become more mindful is to meditate. Start with just five minutes a day and work your way up. You can also try other mindfulness practices like yoga or Tai Chi.
Related: Meditation 101: The Beginners Guide
Be grateful for what you have
Small things can be beautiful things when you take the time to notice them. The ability to see the beauty in small things is a sign of a grateful heart. There are various things we can be grateful for like the air we breathe, our health, a good meal, or a good friend.
No matter what is happening in your life, even when you are in a difficult place, there is always something to be grateful for.
Gratitude also attracts more things to be grateful for in your life. You can be grateful for the prosperity of the city, wonderful situations happening around you, or just the love in your heart.
There are many ways to express and exercise gratitude in life, you can start a gratitude journal or practice saying out loud things you’re grateful for in your life. The book, Don’t Sweat The Small Things, And It’s All Small Things by Richard Carlson is a great book on gratitude and how to focus on the small things in your life.
Make the best of your current situation
This is where the blooming begins. We’ve already covered how focusing on the present moment takes you out of a state of suffering and negative feelings. Gratitude then helps to replace those feelings of sadness, irritability, and negativity with joy, love, and positivity. Making the best of what you where the action begins.
We’ve all been in hard places where we pray for a big change to happen in our lives. Maybe you’re yearning for a phone call from that crush or dreading where we live and dreaming about moving to a new city. It turns out, that if you are unable to actually do anything to make those changes happen in the present moment, you’re better off letting them be. i.e, it is what it is.
That may sound disheartening or even raw honestly but there is so much power in letting go of what we can’t control. It allows us to focus on what we CAN control, which is ourselves and how react or perceive our current situation.
You always have a choice on how you want to react or feel about something and that is the beauty of being human. You’re not a victim of circumstance, you can choose how to respond to your current situation.
It’s also important not to compare your life to others. Just because someone else’s life looks great from the outside, doesn’t mean it is. Everyone has their own struggles, even if they don’t show them on the outside.
The best way to make the best of your current situation is to take actions that will better your life in some way. This could be anything from intentionally consuming positive videos that reframe your thinking, to working out to boost your endorphins, or starting a business that you’re passionate about.
Take action towards your goals
This is a big one. When we take action towards our goals it helps us to feel more in control of our lives and less like victims of circumstance. When we don’t set goals or aren’t working towards anything, it’s easy to feel like life is just happening TO us.
And that’s not a very empowering way to live. Setting goals also helps to give our lives more purpose and meaning. It gives us something to strive for and look forward to. And as we take steps closer to achieving our goals, we build momentum and confidence in ourselves which can then lead to even more success.
Setting goals differs from focusing on or desiring a change because it’s an active process. You’re not just sitting around waiting or hoping for something to happen, you’re taking steps to make it happen in THE PRESENT MOMENT.
The best way to achieve your goals is to break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. That way you’re not feeling so overwhelmed by the end goal that you never start taking action.
And as you take those steps and get closer to achieving your goal, celebrate each accomplishment along the way! This helps to maintain your motivation and it also reinforces the fact that you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to.
To bloom where you’re planted is to make the best of your current situation, take action towards your goals, and celebrate each accomplishment along the way. It’s about being grateful for what you have and taking control of your life by taking actions that will better your life in some way.
So go out there and bloom! You’ve got this!