Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.—unknown
Someone once said that there’s something infinitely healing in the related refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
Every year, spring comes to remind us, that even after the harshest of winters, little seeds can sprout and grow into the most beautiful flowers.
And, sometimes, in the most unlikeliest of places, as you can see in the image above.
Recently, when I visited Kolkata with my mom, (we were staying at my parents’ home, and it was an emotional journey, with me attempting to bring a sense of closure and wrap up the establishment that was our family home for 27 long years), I used to frequently wake up to bird calls in the wee hours of the mornings. Interestingly, I noticed that this particular tree was a favourite with the feathered friends. A close observation revealed that the tree had actually shot up, next to a defunct water tank, on one corner of the terrace of this house next door, whose occupants had long moved away. Apparently, the promoters were ready to start work on pulling down the structure to make way for another high rise there.
My first thought was with this tree. I couldn’t help but marvel at how it arose in the face of such instability, blooming with so much grace and brimming with life even when it was only going to last another week or two.
Such is the irony of life, my friend! We never know what the next moment is going to bring and yet, we must carry on, making plans and looking forward to the next day.
Bloom we must and that’s the only way forward. Nobody says it’s easy, but we can still find new meaning in the midst of chaos and change or re-discover our purpose to thrive through the odds and maybe, even start all over again, because, that’s what Nature says.
Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted on Parul’s blog, which she shares on the 2nd and the 4th Thursday of every month. The next edition goes live on March 24, 2021. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog, detailing where you spotted the tree and link it back to her post.