My neighbor gave me an Amaryllis plant (bulb) for Christmas. I remember having mixed feelings. I had killed a Christmas cactus (which I loved very much) many years ago because I had watered more than I should. I had killed another two plants: Jasmine and Osmanthus (which I loved dearly), because I didn’t water enough (due to travel). After those experiences, I quit. So… when I saw the gift, I wasn’t sure I wanted it.
To my surprise, Amaryllis grows well… so far. Every morning I jumped out of the bed, hurried to see how much it had grown overnight. It sure grows fast.
I have forgotten the joy of seeing things grow. A plant, a person… Yes, it is a joy to see a person, maybe yourself, grow, too.
Even though I had mentioned about Buddhism, LamRim class… in my blog before, I have tried to keep spiritual things to the minimum, because I don’t know enough to have confidence to discuss it with others. But I really want to share this with you: never give up. Had my neighbor not given me the plant, I would miss all the joy of watching Amaryllis plant grow. That would be a big loss, wouldn’t it?
Who knows what we would miss if we have given up on a person or on ourselves?
(I didn’t plan on writing this; for some reason, I feel I have to… maybe for Amaryllis?)
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