Life Nature

…Just An (Extra) Ordinary Plant…

October 21, 2015

What is it about seeing plant growing through concrete that we think it is extraordinary?  It is just a plant growing through a spot in a supposed impenetrable man-made substance.  We see it everyday, there is nothing spectacular about it…it is nature doing what nature does.  So why today did it seem like something meaningful and poignant?  Why did I feel the need to post this iPhone picture that does not do justice to what I observed?

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” Marilyn vos Savant

Lately I have been feeling a bit less than ordinary, tired, old, defeated; like a forgotten plant that is doing its best to grow despite feeling blocked in, grabbing what sunlight it can before the shadows come over it again.  In the midst of a decision…do I do what is expected of me or what I know I am capable of?  That plant is expected to just grow straight up towards the sun through that hole in the concrete, yet it is, over time, entirely capable of busting up the whole rigid square as its roots spread underground then begin to push up.  But it is just one plant among billions, why should it exert itself ?

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ― Shannon L. Alder

What would the planet look like if every plant decided to just to give up, not adapt, not advance, not try?  Would we have forests?  Would we have old abandoned human structures slowly being absorbed back into the earth?  Would we have lava being broken down into rich soil?   Why do we separate ourselves as humans from nature when we are the epitome of it’s power?  Why do we feel limits when nature’s capabilities are seemingly infinite?

“Follow the light of your intuition, and keep away from the darkness of convention.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign



Guess I have a decision to make…


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  • Reply Anonymous October 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Have to chime in–love all you write. Somehow, you capture in words just what is needed in the universe (at least mine) at the right time! Keep it up!!

    • Reply K. K. October 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Thank you! Glad they resonate with you!!

  • Reply Afrika Bohemian October 24, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for the inspiration, I tweeted this a day back when feeling overwhelmed and low. Thank you for such beautiful writing and for being such a great friend on the Blogosphere. I have nominated you for the Infinity award, check it out here

    • Reply K. K. October 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Thank you! I am continuing to being a bit behind in my writing and will do my best to get to it!! I too appreciate your writings and inspiration!

  • Reply badfish October 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Just an extraordinary day in paradise, eh?!!

    • Reply K. K. October 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Yes, a lot on my plate these days…trying my best to enjoy the extraordinary things I am getting to do right now instead of stressing about them…hopefully a future post will reflect that! I didn’t even do one for the “Happy Place” challenge and I have lots of them!!

      • Reply badfish October 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        you’re in Hawaii, right? you ARE a happy place, no need to write it

    Would love to hear what you think!!!

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