Buddha Face

To bloom where you’re planted, simply put, means to make the best out of any situation. That’s very simply put; even watered down. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! But what about the deeper meaning of it? There’s got to be more to it than just making flowers.

When I was a young chap I learned the meaning of this saying long before I even knew what the saying was. Growing up, we never had more than two nickels to rub together – and I wouldn’t have traded that for the world. By not having all the toys we wanted, or the most stylish clothes or shoes, by not going to private schools, or driven here and there in a new car, we were thankful for everything we had, no matter what it was. And you know what? It didn’t kill us.

As I got older, and my father needed to travel more for his job, we adjusted. He didn’t like it, Mom didn’t like it, we didn’t like it, but we adjusted and made the best out of it. But more than that, we learned from it, we thrived, we became closer as a family and cherished the time we had together even more. And that’s where this little phrase begins to come into its own. To make the best of any situation is admitting defeat and acquiescing to the situation. It’s living with the disease, so to speak. But to bloom where you’re planted transcends what was originally a problem and turns it into a blessing. It’s more than growing – it’s blooming!

Change is inevitable; growth is intentional. A Buddhist quote says “Everything changes; nothing remains without change.” It’s what we choose to do with that change that matters. To simply “go with the flow” doesn’t afford growth – only movement from one plateau to another. When we learn and apply it to our lives, we’re able to grow and thrive, and in the proper season everything will bloom.