Right outside my kitchen window stands a cactus. Nothing unusual or even particularly pretty about it. It’s your basic cylindrical Arizona cactus – probably a small Saguaro.
I don’t know how old it is, but I assume young, as it’s only about 3 inches across and about 4 feet tall. A skinny little thing.
Despite its misleading size, yesterday the most amazingly beautiful flower emerged from the top of that tiny green stalk.
I’ve been watching and waiting for the past week, as I could see something was about to happen. A bud was getting bigger and bigger with each passing day. But yesterday it revealed itself. And it was well worth the wait. Out sprung a gorgeous gigantic fluffy white blossom that was way too big for that frail little stalk! Its beauty completely surpassed what was expected.
To add to the excitement of this pleasant surprise, the grandkids were at our house for a sleep-over. So they all got to experience it as well. As did their parents as they came to pick them up. We all “oohed” and “aahed” at it. Amy even took pictures with her camera. Let’s just say this natural act of nature did not go unnoticed.
This morning when I got up, I headed out to start my day by looking at my amazing new flower. But, it wasn’t the same as yesterday. It had withered and died. In all the excitement, I forgot hearing that these flowers bloom, but just for one day. Then they are gone.
So, this got me thinking. Isn’t that symbolic of life? So many people, events and experiences come into our lives for a very brief moment in time. That moment may be filled with excitement, adventure, peace, fun, connection or love.
Then we wake up too soon, only to discover that moment has passed.
For me this was a beautiful gentle reminder to savor the beauty and joy in life. Live it to the fullest. Embrace each experience and adventure. And especially – cherish the people in our lives.
Let’s not miss the magnificent bloom right in front of our eyes. It may only be there for today. -- Debbie