Like the Daffodils, Find Time to Bloom, No Matter What


Bloom like the daffodils…

Finding time to bloom is a process that nature treats us to every spring.

And if you live in New Hampshire, you know that it can be an up and down process, coming into bloom

From bulb to bloom…

I’ve been thinking about what’s involved in blossoming, as I watch the green shoots of daffodils push through the earth. On Tuesday they unfolded brightly under the warming sun.

Less than a week before, they were snow-covered.

And there you have a perfect metaphor for the process of moving toward a long-term goal.

With daffodils, the process starts in the fall, when their bulbs are put in the ground.  Then comes the long winter.

Planning creates your foundation.

The parallel, here, is to the planning phase of a big project. This is when you take time to figure out how you will move forward and what you’ll need to bring your plan to fruition.

It’s a time that may look like dormancy from the outside. But actually, many necessary and helpful tasks are being accomplished.

Here in NH, things begin to change sometime in March, as the snows melt and the iron-hard ground warms and softens.  Still, nothing is visibly happening. But the planning is done, the last of the necessary materials have been gathered, and the preliminary groundwork is all but complete.

It takes time to bloom.

Next, the tips of shoots begin to poke through the ground.  Often, this is what people see as the beginning point of their project.  In reality, the project started months ago, and lots of work preceded this moment.  Nevertheless, this is an exciting time, as you see your work starting to come together and bear fruit.

Stay focused…

It’s important to guard against losing steam during this period, however. It can take weeks for those shoots to rise up greenly. There may be setbacks, like frost or sudden snowstorms. And there can be many days when it feels like nothing is changing very much.  The steps in this phase usually build slowly.  That is part of the process.

Then there is always a day when, suddenly, all the daffodils are bursting into bloom.

How did it happen?

If you trace it back, it isn’t a sudden change.  But the transformation from slender green shoot to bright yellow flower can seem to come overnight.  That’s because the growth is exponential, not linear.

And that is how it can be with our projects.  The early work goes slowly, but you are building momentum with each day.

Remember, you build momentum…

So, if your investments of time and energy at the front end seem to not be yielding results, remember the daffodils in New Hampshire. Think about how long it takes for them to work their way up through the frosty ground. And picture the profusion of color they produce once they bloom.

Have you found time to bloom? Please send us a comment here at The Time Finder. We’d love to hear about your experiences with blossoming!

And here’s something to help you bloom every day…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar to many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights, and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

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