I’m gonna tell you a little story…a story about Vida, the lovely Vine who didn’t realize her worth, didn’t own her truth and wasn’t comfortable with her uniqueness.
Change is a’coming
Vida, the creeping vine, enjoyed sharing the garden with all the other plants. They all got lots of sun and were gently cared for by their owner, Melanie.
One day, however, Vida noticed that she was growing much faster and far away from the other plants. While they continued to grow upwards from the ground, she started to spread across the back wall.
“Hey, Vida” remarked Ruben Rose, “Where are you heading to? Don’t you want to be our friend anymore?”
“Of course I want to,” replied Vida. “But I’m not sure what’s happening to me!” She continued in a disappointed tone, “Oh, I wish I was growing like you guys are!”
One day while Vida was busy bemoaning the fact that she was so different, Melanie came into the garden. When she looked up and saw that Vida was covering the back wall with lush greenery, she shrieked with excitement.
“Oh my goodness! How beautiful!” she exclaimed. “I’ve been waiting so long for the back wall to look like this. I’m so happy I planted a vine!”
When Vida heard this, she was suddenly filled with gratitude for her uniqueness. She had no idea that what was happening to her would bring so much joy to Melanie and so much beauty to the garden!
“Now I know better than to complain about what I have,” she said to herself. “From now on, I’ll be sure to find the blessing in everything and be thankful.”
As expected, Melanie spent many days showing her friends just how beautiful her garden was because of her vine.
Moral of the story: When things seem like they aren’t going your way, be patient and grateful for all your blessings anyway.
So does this story resonate with you at all? Can you find any similarities to your own story?
You see, Vida totally enjoyed her life until she realized it was taking her in an unexpected direction. That new direction confused and frightened her (sounds familiar?). She resorted to complaining because it wasn’t what she wanted. She was happier with how her life was going before (she was content in her comfort zone).
That’s likely how life is for you sometimes. You’re fine with how things are going and often disappointed when they change. I get it. It’s uncomfortable to NOT know what the future holds or where our decisions, desires, goals will take us. But that’s with everything right? Do we ever really know exactly how things are gonna work out?
The next time you encounter changes in your life, take a deep breath and embrace it. You never know where it may lead you!
What are some of the things in your life you’ve taken for granted (especially at first)? In what ways can you express your gratitude for being you?