Here’s the thing about flowers: blossoming is usually the last step, even though it’s the most visible one. The bright, vibrant florals displayed in beloved gardens are a product of rest, patience, and nurturing conditions. It’s a slow and necessary process to get plants to their fullest potential. (After all, every pretty petal starts out as a seed.)
Through her thoughtful words, Alicia calls attention to the ways self-development mirrors this exercise of growth. With so much focus on the flowering, it can be easy to forget flourishing takes time — and not the kind that’s linear, but cyclical. Just like with plants, blooming within shifts with the seasons. Some seasons are for rest, others are for blossoming, and some for turning into something new entirely.
Each part of the process requires space and attention because — just like seeds — when you’re given the appropriate environment for respite, you can begin to reveal your highest power and beauty.
Whether you’re relishing in the magnificence of your colorful brilliance or unable to see the sun as you begin to take root, trust the cycle and like Alicia said — let nothing stop you from flowering fully.
What do you need to be in full bloom? Sun? Rest? Water? Share your blossoming needs in the comments!