A couple of the flowers on my orchid started to fade a few weeks ago. Eventually, they slowly fell off the stems, dropping ever so gracefully from their glory above. I thought I had killed yet another plant. Turns out I didn’t.
The vibrancy and intricacy of these showy blooms is no easy feat. Producing and maintaining these gorgeous flowers requires a tremendous amount of energy. This natural blossom drop allows the orchid to rest and renew its energy so it can bloom again one day. It allows it to take a step back and recharge without collapsing completely.
I find that in life, it is hard to always keep it together. It is hard to always stay happy and seek out the things that we truly enjoy. It is hard to just maintain and I think there is a good reason for that; we are not designed to. We are meant to fade at times, we are meant to fall. When we let go of the reigns just a little bit, when we allow the grip to loosen, just ever so slightly, we are able to let go, and in those moments of sadness, doubt, negativity or angst, we leave something behind. The disposition might seem somber at first but it is short-lived. When we regain our balance, our feet have stronger footing, when we find our colour, it is more vibrant then ever before and as we look up, we can see who we really are. We can bloom again.