So I sent a friend flowers for her birthday. I used an online delivery company that I have an account with; and wrote a warm note to go with them. I paid. Twenty-four hours later I had the sudden realisation that I hadn’t changed the address and that the flowers were, in fact, coming to me!!!
I then sent another bunch of flowers to my friend…
The next day the bouquet of lilies that I had ordered arrived and I felt very foolish. “Who has been sending you flowers?” asked my family, “Me,” I replied sheepishly. How they laughed!
I felt foolish and that this was the result either of not being ‘mindful’ enough in the moment and resolved to be more careful next time. But I laughed as well. It was funny, and I was going to make the most of them; actually, the flowers looked lovely as a background for my zoom calls.
When they arrived, all the flower heads were closed. I’ll admit to feeling a little disappointed when after a couple of days none of them had opened up. However, I thought that it was probably a sign of quality flowers, they looked rather elegant in their unopened state anyway. I was determined to enjoy what was brightening up my room.
On day four I noticed one peeping open. I felt a real sensation of excitement. Each day, another flower started its journey of opening up and releasing the most gorgeous scent into my room. Two weeks in and they are all out now: blousy and beautiful, and I notice the intricacies of the deep red tipped stamens bursting through the white petals.
Maybe some of you are thinking: “Oh get a life – they’re a bunch of flowers, not a celestial message!!!”.
Well yes, and it was a mistake, but what simple pleasure that ‘mistake’ has given me.
If you go down the ‘everything happens for a reason’ route, maybe I was meant to receive these beauties as a little treat – just for me. I’m working hard, there is a lot to focus on, but it is important and joyous to take some time just to stop and smell the flowers… and give yourself a little treat.
Out of an oversight I have been gifted something that gave great pleasure to my senses and a smile to my lips – priceless.
I no longer feel foolish.
I may even order myself some more flowers on purpose in a few weeks’ time.
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