Bloom Where You Are Planted

June 20, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot of my Mum lately. I am in a constant state of missing since her death, but right now it really hurts. 

“Bloom where you are planted,” she used to say. I recalled that today. It made me happy and sad at the same time.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

The message underneath the saying is this: whoever you are; whatever you are doing; whenever the time; wherever you are in the world; whoever you are talking to; in however life is at the time; be who God made you to be and shine like stars in the universe.



It’s easy to be in a state of waiting.  I have to use my favourite section from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss here.

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

Mum taught me not to get stuck in the waiting place but to shine where I was; bloom where I was planted.

Sometimes the flowers are small but there is always opportunity to bloom.

Related Be A Fun Mum post:

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RobynNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

So true…your mom was a wise woman. You’re doing a good job of blooming Kell!


BronwynNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

This is a lovely tribute to your Mum and to you as a person also.
Thanks for sharing :)


AshNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

That’s just gone on the fridge Kell, thanks for sharing such a beautiful thought x


AnnetteNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

I miss my Mum too! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful saying.


AlissaNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

Such a beautiful reminder to live life to the fullest, no matter what the season.


Katie Everyday MumNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

Love this Kel.
That is one of my favourite sayings, I first heard it in a book I read when I was 12 or 13 and it stayed with me.
Love the excerpt too – one of my favourite Dr seuss books that :)


DebbieNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

My mum uses this saying to. It’s easy to think the grass is greener elsewhere when our own situation looks a bit glum at times. But God always has us where we are for a reason (even though we may not ever know the reason).


JadeNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Love you so much Kell. xo


JulieNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love this message. Your mum does sound like a wise woman. I’m sorry that you are missing her so much at the moment.


MichelleNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

A lovely post Kelly.
Bigs hugs, it must be hard to not have your mum round.


Connie DavisNo Gravatar June 22, 2010 at 6:44 am

This is such a great way to look at things! I’ll be thinking of this next time I’m going through a hard time. Thanks from Nashville TN!


SheriNo Gravatar October 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hi Kelly,

This is beautiful. My mom would have really appreciated your mum’s saying because she was a flower lover and believed in following where God led her. She ALWAYS bloomed where she was in my eyes…

Thanks. :)


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