Her long deceased grandmother was much on her mind as she walked in the quiet garden. “Why?” she wondered. Though she was in a state park, at this time of day it seemed to belong to her alone. Suddenly, there it was. A marigold blossom had been severed and now lay just beneath the other upright blooms. Without thinking, she scooped it up and cradled it in her palm.
Then she stared at the small weightless object that suddenly occupied all her attention. It seemed to have great meaning, but what? She glanced around to see if she had been observed, but seeing that she was still totally alone she returned her attention to the little flower. It was late in the afternoon and yet whatever warm glowing light remained seemed to be concentrated and reflected from this tiny object.
She felt herself fill with emotion. The words “You were loved” came to her unbidden. “No” she said, and then quickly glanced around just in case she had spoken aloud. Then her eyes turned again to the small blossom. She needed to maintain contact. This is what she was made to understand…
“Nothing that is upsetting you is your fault. Sometimes we get caught up in the karma of others. A soul comes to earth with a mission and then gets overwhelmed with life. This soul fails to accomplish all that it intended and instead floundered in its mission. The pain you feel is simply shock waves from that departed soul. Do not blame yourself and don’t blame the other because that person is already in the throes of regret over lost opportunity. Regret is the cancer of life. Do not let it infect yours. God is love. Look for that which is loving and kind and there you will find peace and light and God.”
Now she knew what she had to do. She would move the focus of her life off of pain and look for ways to share love and beauty. And she would hold forever in her heart the knowledge that her grandmother loved her and was watching over her.
In the middle of the garden was a large basin filled with autumn rain. The fountain at its center had already been turned off for the coming winter season, and the water was perfectly still. She dropped the marigold onto the green water and watched the ripples form around it. “This is for you, Grandma” she thought, “thank you for being with me.”
This image appears on the calendar, Flower Works ~ Nature Enhanced (click to view)
Edited in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
Location: Harkness State Park in the town of Waterford in Connecticut USA.
Season: late summer, Sept. 19th.
Dedicated to the value of meditation as a means of centering the self and to the role reflection can play in increasing understanding.
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