Hydrangea or Peony?

The other day, I decided it was time to rearrange my flower bed.  There were two hydrangea bushes that were no longer bearing any flowers and it was time to dig them up and plant something new and exciting.  Beside these bushes flourished the most gorgeous Peony Roses that overtook their glory anyway.  It is always good to freshen any space up, and these hydrangeas paid their dues and spent their time in the sun.  It was time for me to make a change and plant something new and fresh in their place.

As I started to dig up these fifteen year old shrubs, I had no idea how strong and deep the roots were.  They were much stronger than this 43 year old body, and won the fight against me.  I had to recruit the big guns.  My husband.  They didn’t win the battle against him.  He easily extracted these stubborn shrubs from their cozy home.  He wasn’t letting them stick around any longer.  A few minutes with a shovel in his hand and out popped the hydrangea bushes from their fifteen year old flower bed.

During the wheelbarrow ride to the woods with these lifeless shrubs aboard for their destination to become a pile of mulch, I started to feel sorry for these plants.  They were happy where they were for the last 15 years.  They were rooted.  They were at home, and I just ripped it out, roots and all.  I felt ashamed.  How could I do this to a living creature?  I know, it might sound silly, but that was how I felt.

Then I realized, they weren’t thriving any more.  They hadn’t shed one blossom or flower for years. They were just big green leafy shrubs that didn’t serve any purpose to me any longer.  I had to start focusing my attention to the flowers that were thriving, and give them space to grow in my flower bed.  Not only were these hydrangeas not flowering any longer, they were still spreading and growing bigger.  Almost starting to smother out the other plants that were flowering.  They were going to start sucking the life out of the prospering plants around them.  It was time for them to go and make room for the other plants that were still living their life.

Do you have things in your life that might be choking off your zest for life?  Are you like that hydrangea bush and haven’t flowered in years?  Or are you like my thriving Peony Roses that are in full bloom, but others around you aren’t so much.  Is there something in your life stealing your joy?  We all have people in our lives that are like this, but you have to remember it is only you who can make you happy.  You have to take control of the old hydrangea bush in your life.  As sad as it is, you might have to remove that shrub from your flower bed of life, so that you can thrive even more than you are now.

John 16:33 explains, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  God, said we would have troubles, but if we let him and the Universe lead our way, we can overcome anything…even the hydrangea bushes in our lives that are sucking the life out of us!  Just like I had to get the power of my husband to help me eliminate this pesky shrub, you have to also recruit the power of your God to help you overcome this world!

Your true power and your true happiness lies in your own connection to the Universe and God, Spirit, the Divine, the Tao, whatever you want to call it.  You will not find happiness and your divine purpose with the flowers that live in the same bed as you, not in the flowers that you work with, not with the flowers that you hang out with, not with the flowers that you think you are in love with.  Happiness lies in your blossoms, in your pedals, in your leaves, in your soil and in your roots.  Once you realize this, you will thrive more and more each year, just like my beautiful Peonies!

Let what makes you happy overtake your flower bed of life!