Bonus Blooms, Morning Metaphor

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30: 5

Regular readers know that I have a thing about morning glories. Some 18 months ago, it was the warm greeting from the back door morning glories that kept me going. I didn’t see them at dark o-thirty when I left for the gym, but when I returned from those excruciating workouts, they were my reward for having survived another workout with the trainer. Many days, those morning glories brought about the morning’s first and only smile.

Last year, I was 60 lbs. lighter, but still working out early. I planted morning glories again, this time to remind me of those days and how far I’d come. When I returned from the gym and saw those prolific flowers, I smiled to think of the progress I made and was still making. When the last of the flowers bloomed, I let them go to seed and harvested them for this year’s planting, which I haven’t yet done.

Today, I received a surprise greeting from two absolutely perfect purple morning glories. Apparently, when I was harvesting the seeds last fall, a few made their way to the ground and quietly took root. After I ooohed and ahhhed over them – and took a couple of pictures with my iPhone – I realized that those morning glories were the perfect metaphor for where I am right now. Today, I am 93 lbs. lighter, healthier and more physically fit. I’m working on those last eight lbs., but those behaviors I was cultivating over the last 18 months have become part of my lifestyle. Like the morning glory seeds that took root on their own and produced the blooms that greeted me today, those behaviors that I worked so hard to adapt are now yielding some beautiful results.

I’m planning to plant those second-generation morning glory seeds this weekend, and I will look forward to those knock out back door blooms. But for now, I’m thankful for this morning’s bonus blooms and the unfolding life changes they represent.

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