I have a prickly pear cactus plant that blossoms purple flowers. This everyday, ordinary guru never stops reminding me that the urge to express one’s beauty is inherent in every living thing of nature.
This cactus plant was placed in a box, and forgotten in my friend’s cellar for over a year. I took it home to see if it had any life left in it, because it looked like it had breathed its last gasp of carbon dioxide. It was brown, bent over and wilted.
I didn’t do much more than put it in new potting soil, place it on a window sill in the sun, and give it some water once a week. Within a month, this brown, bent over and wilted cactus plant was green and standing tall.
“When the desire to grow and flourish is on fire, the never-ending drive to move forward and skyward toward better expressions of oneself cannot be stopped.” That’s the specific lesson this Ordinary Guru has taught me. It taught me with it’s demonstration. If I entered it into a “Prickly Pear cactus beauty pageant” today, I think it would win first place.
I’ve had the cactus for several years now, and it never stops reminding me that though I may rest and lie dormant for a while, the deep fundamental urge for growth and the driving desire for upward movement is always inside of me. Sometimes, in the coldest of winter months in New England, this cactus decides to “smile” with a few purple blossoms; it’s the plant’s way of saying “Hi. Don’t let the weather get you down. Let your heartfelt desire for greater achievements lift you up.”
I love giving voices to plants and animals that teach me valuable life-lessons. The voices give vitality to the lessons.
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