Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day Two of My 500 Words


       I have a friend, her name is Rebecca. I have a plant, her name is Becks. I call them both Becks. That’s what I do. Rebecca is my example of How to Thrive. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of Thrive is :

Full Definition of thrive
thrived or throve play\ˈthrōv\ thrived also thriv·en play\ˈthri-vən\ thriv·ing play\ˈthrī-viŋ\
1.  1:  to grow vigorously :  flourish
2.  2:  to gain in wealth or possessions :  prosper
3.  3:  to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on 
Paul and I remarried back in June of 2015. Rebecca did the decorating, and gave us some beautiful flowers for us to plant, as a memory. All of them were replanted with the exception of one, which was my husband’s favorite, but just didn’t get transplanted, for some reason. I lazily left the container on the porch all summer, well into the fall and finally decided to bring the pot inside. There was ONE leaf, hanging on for dear life. I set it by the window and fed it when I remembered. One day close to Christmas, I bought some Christmas Cactus’ and repotted this leaf, and the Christmas Cactus into bigger pots, used a good fertilizing soil mix from the farm store at the corner and mixed up a packet of Miracle Grow Singles and put the 3 plants on the stove, under the light. Within a week, she looked like THIS!! 

I continued the process, watered when I remembered but kept the 3 plants together under the light. Today, she looks like THIS!!! 

      This reminds me so much of my friend Rebecca. Man, I think we became friends because 1. She inspired me, but mostly 2. She told me we were going to become friends!! Rebecca is THAT friend that you want around when things are going great, and when you are scraping the bottom. She is an encourager. Like many encouragers, and people that build others up, Rebecca has been handed a good and bad hand in life. This makes the best encouragers. Once you have been at the top, and crash on your back, and pull yourself back up, and slip and fall, and dig dig dig your way back to ALMOST where you were, there is always a person, a situation, a ‘test’ that kind of kicks you in the teeth and says HA! START AGAIN SUCKER, you KNOW the feeling. The feeling while at the top, the feeling while you are falling, the feeing while you are grasping at anything to get ahold of, that feeling of almost success again, and the repeated things that come along with that journey.
      Just like the plant, Rebecca has never let go of her foundation. She has been through the good, the bad and the ugly. Sadly, I was part of the bad, and she never threw that in my face. She never held that against me. She just kept growing and getting ‘pruned’, the growing stronger, and getting cut back, and never once… not ONE TIME, did she say, I am done. Life is too much for me. I hate you. I hate … anything, or anyone. And she has had many opportunities to do so. Thrive… to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances. My friend Rebecca and my plant Becks. The topic of my day 2 of my 31 days of My 500 Words on my blog. I wanted to share this with her though, because I don’t think anyone ever recognizes how truly strong she really is.
Thanks Becks… for being an inspiration
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1 comment:

  1. What a nice tribute to your friend. Though they are not my close friends, I have been blessed to know a few women like this. Currently, there is a mother and daughter in my bible study group that are encouragers. Just a few moments in their presence leaves you feeling loved and so much better about, well, everything. How lucky we are that God puts these people among us. :)