Lessons from A Lilac Bush

I took this picture of our lilac bush the other day. I walk by it and literally stop to smell the flowers at least three times a day. At least. Why? Because we planted this bush 6 years ago, as a little twig; it literally looked like a stick. For the first two years I almost pulled it up, but decided every year to just wait and see what happened. Little by little, it grew. And grew and grew until last year it was taller than me, but still no blooms. Then this year. I walked out one day a couple of weeks ago and there were tiny little purple buds! There are now big, luscious-smelling blossoms, and I'll be damned if I'm not going to enjoy the heck out of smelling those flowers every day that they're there. That bush has reminded me of some of the things I've learned over the past thirty years, so I thought I'd share them here.

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