Waking up every morning already makes for a good day. There are times though when you go live every minute of that day, you will find yourself submerged into a pit of disappointment. Things didn’t turn out as you have hoped, expected, or planned. Eventually, you get consumed. This is where you usually begin to doubt. You begin to loathe the idea of a good day.
I now live in a very busy city adorned with concrete-laden environments. Our office doesn’t have something green in it. When toxicity creeps in the walls of the workplace, stress has all the power to take over me. The latter is something that happens rarely, I admit, so when it does it totally beats the hell out of me. What I usually do to get back on track is I carve out some time away from the source of that stress. I go for a stroll through a place where I can see greens or flowers.
When I was working in the Philippines, our office is very near to a nature park. I visit the park each time I feel the need to. It had greatly helped me cope with the pressures of work (“A Hideaway Amid the Slaving Corporate World“). Back then, it was easy for me to bounce back after a slip-up. I also had mountains to climb and beaches to feast on when the going gets tougher (“Life Lessons From My First Solo Travel“).
Finding that kind of defense mechanism in my current state posed a real challenge during my first few months. Then I discovered a place called “Distinct Agricultural Ways Establishment”, which is approximately a hundred meters away from the office. The establishment is actually a nursery where different flower species are displayed for sale. This has become a sort of sanctuary for me (“The Flowers, The Greens, and The Bees“) ever since.
Today, I did a random visit to that nursery to stare plainly at the flowers in the middle of the scorching heat of the sun. As you know, summer here in Saudi is currently at its peak.
This time around, I didn’t focus on the common flowers that have been displayed there. What caught my optical organs were the two minuscule, wild flowers in the area.
The first one seems to have shot up from a piece of earth near the road. I’ve never seen anything like it. The vibrant colors of yellow and orange with a tinge of fuchsia are visually magnetizing.
The colors of the flower stimulated my senses particularly sight and smell. My world at that very moment stopped, for a good reason. For a short period of time these two little wonders of nature triggered my happy emotion and heightened my feelings of satisfaction. I never knew how therapeutic it is to watch these small wonders while they strike their beauty upon my senses.
On the spur of the moment, I felt delighted and grateful seeing both of them survive their unconventional environments. I realized that what I carried was not after all different from them yet they don’t falter. They continue to live. They push on doing their purpose: to remind us that each day is a good one by painting colors to the surroundings of these barren but productive lands. They are just there, underrated…waiting to be noticed.
I’m blessed to have found another kind of God’s handiworks that reinforce the idea of celebrating life’s gifts always and being thankful each day through these minute flowers.
I left the place with a positive mood. I couldn’t help but exclaim, “In spite of the things that didn’t turn out the way I expected, today was a good day!”
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