Autumn in the Midwest this year took a while to get here; summer stuck around a lot longer than normal, and we were despairing that the leaves weren’t going to turn the bright colors they usually do. It seemed like the heat was causing them to just turn brown and fall off the trees. The foliage in my neighbor’s yard has been particularly missed. Their maple always outperforms the maples in my yard, turning a stunning golden red color with perfect uniformity.
But now, Autumn’s finally arrived, and we’ve had plenty of lovely colors in spite of the lateness. But, the amazing thing is that the trees in my yard are magically even more beautiful than the neighbors’. It’s like they’ve been holding back all this time, waiting for the conditions that are right for them.
It impacted me with the thought that sometimes being at our best takes waiting until conditions are right. My tree obviously likes a late fall better than an early one, or a slow transition better than a fast one. Whatever the conditions, it had an opportunity to thrive this year.
Maybe you’re feeling like everyone else blooms better and faster than you do, but there will come a day when the conditions are right and you’ll flourish. You just have to wait for the perfect season!
P.S. You may not have noticed (I’m hoping you didn’t), but the domain name changed yesterday from annaseay.com to selroseshop.com. I’ve been trying to find someone to help me with this transition for a while, and it finally went into effect yesterday!!! All direct links and bookmarked pages should still work, but if you find that something doesn’t, would you please let me know! 🙂 Thanks so much!