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?)

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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12 Responses to Amaryllis

  1. Yes Helen, you wrote in “World Peace” about LamRim class, and thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!

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  2. Ahh, beautiful, the photos and the sentiment. Make sure you take enough photos, if… you know… anything happens. 😀 (Nooo, I’m just joking. This time it will prosper, I’m sure. I have plants die on my all the time but right now one is looking pretty consistent.)

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  3. Mother Hen says:

    It’s a lovely plant.. I purchased a pretty miniature African violet recently. It’s looking kind of sad. I have a friend that has done well with different sizes and has kept them alive for years.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Roberta. Do you know why your African violet looks kind of sad? I think I had killed one of those, too (long long time ago) ;-( Someone told me I should keep water away from their leaves. I don’t know if it is true. My sister had one and it just kept growing. I don’t think she took care of it at all. My conclusion is: it is not meant to be (for me). And that’s why I stopped buying plants. what I didn’t say is that my neighbor also gave me some chive seeds. So far, nothing happened. I may send it to their house asking them to take care of it until there is a sign of something. Ha.
      Have a wonderful day!

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      • Mother Hen says:

        You are right about the African violet. It’s better for them to get water from the bottom of planter. Since mine is tiny I put it in a container to absorb the water. It still looks puny but the leaves are still alive. Maybe it will survive… I bought a Cyclamen and it looks pretty good. Some plants need a plant whisperer.. lol!

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  4. Tina Schell says:

    The plant is beautiful Helen, as is your closing thought!

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  5. Oh it would have been a big loss indeed … thanks so much for sharing this beauty 🙂

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