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We May Pass Contentment Looking for Victory, by Beverly Hick Burch

“We may pass the violets looking for the roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.” ~ Bern Williams ~

wild violets

Who doesn’t love roses? We all pretty much love the luscious bloom of a rose and the wonderful, heady fragrance it offers us.

But, when we walk toward those roses with tunnel vision, what else are we missing? In our quest for the Japanese Maple do we forget to consider the Monkey Puzzle tree, or the Harry Walking Stick tree or better yet the Burning Bush.

And, what rainbow of flowers and colors do we pass over when searching out only one thing? Do we miss the purple coneflower, the blanket flower, the blue bonnets…

…or even the simple wild violet…

Life is so like that. We get so busy being busy. We have to be busy. We have to do this and do that. Heaven help us should we have spare time on our hands…there just must be something wrong with us…we mustn’t be “doing enough”.

I was much like that when I was younger…so OCD, so this, so that. And, now looking back, I wonder how much of that affected my health. Did my busyness to victory trigger my myriad of autoimmune illnesses? How about my lung cancer? I’d never smoked nor lived with a smoker and had none of the risk factors for lung cancer.

Then, there was the anorexia…that was a race to some kind of warped victory and I can promise you there wasn’t a whole lot of contentment in that self-torture.

So, why do we do it?

There were two recent “ah ha” moments that brought this to my mind…

First, the simple, sweet quietness and beauty of these wild violets. Almost hidden, but determined to shine nonetheless and fulfill their purpose in a quiet, contented way.

Then, this past weekend I attended my niece’s dance recital. It was, at times, organized chaos, but it was beautiful. Tiny little girls taking beginner steps into grace and beauty.

The theme of the recital was built around the sea, the creatures in the sea and the beach. My niece’s group was “brisk wind”. At one point each little girl held a cloud in her hand and waved it around, signifying “brisk wind”. I can tell you this, my niece was the briskest, “bestest” brisk wind on the stage. It was beautiful…she was beautiful…

There was no race for victory there…just delight and contentment…

Just as it should be…

Abbi's recital 5-5-2013F

My beautiful, bestest “brisk wind” niece, second from the right

“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4

© 2013 Beverly Hicks Burch Hicks All Rights Reserved.




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