March limped in like a shivering lion here in East Tennessee… not much bluster, just spitting a few wet snowflakes to show us it still could! OK, we get it, can we have spring now?
The words for this week are NOURISH and NURTURE. I can’t quite seem to separate them. They come as a package deal, interwoven, kind of the Siamese twins of Word-dom.
When a person, idea, or thought is conceived it must be Nourished to sustain existence. We do whatever is necessary to assure a positive outcome. This seems very basic, almost mechanical. Once this well-nourished seed is alive and kicking, Nurture lovingly enters the scene. Nurturing feeds the soul: protecting, supporting, encouraging, and uplifting. It is rocking that baby with love, polishing that tarnished star to make it shine. It is sharing communion with unbounded joy, touching an empty heart. Nurturing can uncover hidden potential, giving it room to stretch and breathe.
A dear friend’s daughter unexpectedly found herself out of a teaching position at the end of school last year. As a wife and mother of three this could have been extremely traumatic. However she turned her thoughts to that seed which had been planted on her “someday list” and pursued, with intention, the dream of starting her own school. And start it she did, accomplishing what would have seemed impossible: the opening of an academy by the beginning of the school year. She took that seed, nourished it to life, then fine-tuned and nurtured it into a reality. As Anne Lamott would say…WOW!!!
If we take what we are given, nourish and nurture it with love and intention, we can be unlimited in our pursuit of tenderly carrying life forward.
“First you need only look: Notice and honor the radiance of Everything about you… Play in this universe. Tend All these shining things around you: the smallest plant, the creatures, and objects in your care. Be gentle and nurture. Listen…” Anne Hillman