Yet another miracle of blooming and letting go

Every autumn for twelve years I’ve wanted to share this with you. However, other priorities prevented it. Either I wasn’t blogging at the time or another post wanted to flower.

However now–today–this very moment–it’s apparently time.

Do you see the lupine blooming in the picture above?

It’s yet another miracle.

Because lupines do not bloom here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in late October.

They bloom in late May, June, maybe early July.

But not in late October with ferns dying all around. With trees gently letting go of their leaves.

It’s a darn miracle when a flower blooms out of season.

Don’t you think?

It always makes me think–if a flower can bloom in October–we humans can also bloom in unexpected sesasons.

We don’t have to follow the crowd and bloom when it’s socially acceptable.

We can bloom when we’re 65 or 70 or 75 or 80.

We can bloom when no one is betting on us.

We can bloom when everything looks dismal, when frost is coming. When we’re hurting. When we’re confused. When life feels very tentative indeed.

We can bloom, dear reader, we can bloom. Even today. Even tomorrow.

I’ve even read stories about Native American healers digging beneath snow to find flowers blooming.

Can you imagine the miracle of that?

And let us not forget the miracle of going to seed.

Of bursting forth in the glory of a life well lived. A life filled with joys and challenges, a life filled with sunshine and rain, a life filled with hungry buzzing insects and soft sunrises.

Nature continues to teach us everyday if we watch her. She teaches how to bloom and how to let go. How to nurture and how to grow sovereign.

May each one of you continue to bloom forth in unexpected times. Know that it’s all possible. It truly is.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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39 Responses to Yet another miracle of blooming and letting go

  1. Kim Scheible says:

    What a beautiful message today Kathy!
    Kim Scheible

  2. leelah saachi says:

    I once found a small violet blooming, standing in snow in November in Norway. What a pleasure to bring her inside and talk to her and thank her. I don’t feel like I am blooming myself – but just sitting with that, I can sense there is something inside wanting to bloom 🙂
    Thank you, dear Kathy – I enjoy your musings so much – and the photos

    • Kathy says:

      That violet story is amazing, too, dear Leelah. That you cared so much to express your love and gratitude to her. And I smiled watching your process of discovering that something wants to bloom inside. ❤

  3. “…when no one is betting on us.” Now that is a moment to relish.

    C.S.Lewis says, “surprised by joy.” Something unexpected happens when the Holy shows up. Expect the unexpected.

    Bless you sis.

    • Kathy says:

      Roger, relishing that moment with you. And now admiring that phrase “surprised by joy.” Yesterday I was surprised by intense happiness. It just rose and stayed around for awhile and fell back. Perhaps this is blooming. Bless you, too.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Yes, yes. I agree with you about how we all can bloom in our own ways if we only let ourselves do so. I am amazed that someone can dig beneath snow to find flowers blooming. That is inspiring.

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t that story amazing, Ally Bean? To think that in the depths of freezing winter it’s still possible to bloom. I have heard more than one of these stories before, but never found a flower blooming beneath snow–yet. 🙂

  5. Robin says:

    I found some Queen Anne’s Lace blooming along the roadside today while I was on my walk. What a surprise to see that late bloomer. We still have some flowers blooming (the zinnias don’t want to quit this year), but the Queen Anne’s Lace finished sometime in August or early September. To find it in November is unusual.

    Thank you for another wonderful post/message, Kathy, and on a day when I needed to hear it. ♥

  6. Debbie says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you were able to share this with us today, Kathy. It’s a beautiful sight and an equally beautiful message. I saw one of my brown-eyed Susans still in flower form just the other day and meant to get a picture of it. It’s gone now, like the rest. Sigh.

  7. Stacy says:

    A woman I read about bloomed as a climber in her 50’s. She said that she reinvents herself every so often. That’s very inspiring, and nature gives us little clues to possibilities if we pay attention. XOXO

    • Kathy says:

      Can you imagine starting to climb in your 50’s? More power to her! I am always inspired by people who can stay open to new ideas and dreams and actually put them into motion. And am looking at nature a lot lately and listening deeply to her lessons. We humans can get so caught up that maybe nature can teach us how to bloom against all odds. ❤

  8. dawnkinster says:

    Lovely! I had no idea they woud bloom at this time of year. Is it the same plant that does this, and is it every fall? I agree, we can each bloom at unexpected times, perhaps even more than once.

    • Kathy says:

      That is a good question, Dawn, and we think it’s different plants that bloom every fall. This year we noticed at least two blooming in October along our road. I wonder if it’s a seed that got planted early in the summer–and with all the right conditions–just decided to go for it?

  9. Susan D. Durham says:

    Oh, this is inspiring, comforting, and filled with love! Thank you for sharing this gem.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Breakfast Buddy! Thank you for appreciating this blooming, too. It’s so inspiring when we see that so much more is possible than what we expect. xoxoxo

  10. Ah, yes, there was the year (2015) forsythia bloomed here in December… A miracle, indeed. We didn’t know whether to say it was blooming early or blooming late. Kathy, I’m not familiar with the phrase “grow sovereign.” What does it mean? (I tried a fruitless google search.) Nature does offer us many lessons through all her wonders and miracles.

    • Kathy says:

      A forsythia in December–now THAT is late! Okay, Barbara, I must admit to using the term “grow sovereign” from a spiritual perspective. One of my spiritual teachers talks a lot about claiming our sovereignty. By this it feels like she means our uniqueness, our essence, our singularity, our individuality. Like every one of us is a sovereign being. We are also part of the Whole so it’s another paradox. I used it here to mean that the plant was growing tall toward the sun sovereign in its own particular wonderful unique Being. Does this make sense?

  11. Such a hopeful post! Thank-you.

  12. Val Boyko says:

    I love this sentiment Kathy! Keep blooming no matter the season in our lives 💕🙏💕

  13. Oh, yes! Unexpected and unseasonal blooms are such treasures!
    This posts reminds me:
    Late last month a little friend sat at my table pondering which reward to select from the treasure box. He picked up a mini growing kit with petunia seeds and asked several questions about growing the flowers. I explained it was late in the year to grow the flowers because they grow their best here in the spring. He went on to choose a different treasure. That same day I was walking through the vegetable garden and was shocked to find a single pink petunia bloom on a newly sprouted plant among the peppers and tomatoes. I hadn’t planted it there – it volunteered of its own accord. I must admit, I took it a little personally—as if the mischievous plant had grown there just to prove me wrong.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh I love this amazing story, Lunar! That mischievous plant decided to show you yet another miracle. How utterly sweet. I am wondering about your treasure box, though. Have you written a blog post about it?

  14. LaDonna Remy says:

    This is a lovely message Kathy, and so true 💗.

  15. I hope that the best of my blooming is still to come 🙂

  16. Margie.Merc says:

    Kathy, what a delightful reminder that we can bloom in any season! Of course we can. Love the message and the photos.

  17. pickblackberries says:

    Thank you so much for your uplifting encouragement. You always seem to know what to say when. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks

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