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That the grass looks greener on the other side does not mean it will always be that way. The story is told of two men. One was called Abraham and the other was called Lot. A time came when they had to go their separate ways and a choice had to be made of which portion of land each can take.  Lot looked at the side of the land that looked really green and plush on the day he made his choice and went that way. Abraham, on the other hand, went the other direction and was faithfully making use of the opportunities God gave to him. In the end, the place that looked green was destroyed and the one that looked like the wrong choice at the time flourished.   

Judging by happenings in your surrendering and circumstances right now, there is every reason to argue that the next logical step is to be transplanted to a place where you can bloom better. But, have you made good use of the nutrients (resources) found in your current location before your thinking about transplanting? Are you part of the problem right now in your current location why others are not blooming? Like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to make the best of our situations and bloom where we have been planted.  

Sometimes life is hard. Things don’t always go according to plan. Even in less than wonderful situations, we have control over how we respond. Blooming where we are planted is to make the choice to respond in a positive manner.  You may not be where you want to be in life just yet. You may be thinking you were born in the wrong country with the wrong passport or in the wrong family. But how can we deal with the fact that sometimes we may have to tolerate something that we do not like to eventually get to where we want to be? Sometimes our dreams take time. There are sacrifices to be made. So instead of getting bitter and upset at your situation, why not try blooming where you have been planted?

I am sure your next question is how? Acknowledge that you can control your thoughts and have the mind-set, that where you are now is providing you with vital life lessons for your next adventure. Every step in life prepares you for the next one.  Abraham did not feel sorry for himself when he did not get the other side of the land but used lessons from his experience to propel him into ultimate destiny.  

Accept that change is a constant and stop complaining. No matter where you’re planted, situations and circumstances will change with time. Your job and circumstances may not be ideal right now. But you have to decide for yourself what you can change and what you cannot. As Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it”.

Value what you do have and be a blessing to others and your nation. A negative mentality makes it difficult to bloom. Instead of wishing for ideal circumstances, look for things you can appreciate right now. Your struggles have prepared you to be in the path of someone that needs what you can give. By helping others to be happy, you are not only increasing your own happiness, but also affecting an entire community as well. You can choose to be a blessing despite your own circumstances, and in doing so, inspire the lives of many others.  Don’t just think about transplanting yet, bloom where you are currently planted by being a blessing to your community and nation. We can make our current circumstance the greener pasture.


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