Horticulture, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Photography, Picture of the Day, Plants, Quote of the Day, Transformation

Growth, Renewal and Transformation, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives.” ~ Unknown ~

oak leaf hydrangea B 2013

At first glance the picture above may not look like much. It may even look a little odd or foreign…kind of a “what is it?”.

But, in actuality, like a black swan, it is a thing of unexpected beauty. And, at the heart of that beauty is transformation…

How many time have you wished or wanted to transform or change yourself? We are a society of self-help junkies. Be it beauty, brains, weight, health, hobby, finances or whatever, you are just about guaranteed to find a book, website or guru that will help you take information and transform it into the goal of your dreams.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. When is improvement bad, right? Only when we try to fix what’s not broken…a hard lesson to learn…

There have been many transformations in my life. In who I am, what I like, what I feel or what I enjoy. I believe that is called growth… Some days, I wish I could just transform into someone totally different…or even transform “away”…as in disappear. I’m sure you’ve had those days, too. Some transformations have been difficult, some have been smooth, others enlightening, some sad, but all learning experiences and in the end worthwhile.

I love this time of the year because my beautiful little mountain is replete with wonderful Southern native oakleaf hydrangeas. When the flower heads first take shape on the shrub, they don’t look like much. In fact they may look a little odd and peculiar.  But, once the blooming starts, that flower head is transformed into a beautiful, snowy natural work of art. It is the natural progression and growth of the plant…

And, life is much like the oakleaf hydrangea…for without transformations in our lives, there would be no growth, no renewal, and certainly no hidden beauty found…

Oakleaf Hydrangea 6-4-2013 B

© 2013 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.



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