A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
(Please see Day 1 -"Why This Blog" if this is your first time visit)
Day 6, Tropical Air Plant
This summer, the weatheraround here (in Pittsburgh ) has
been like the tropics: torrential rain
for two( 2) minutes then beach like sun
and/or sun with rainbow inducing mist. So
why not try to grow a tropical air plant or a Tillanssia. Now this is something really new
to me because I never saw or heard of a plant not needing dirt.The testimonial of the nice lady at the fair was that they grow anywhere and that they are easy to grow. I thought what can I lose for $3.00,since I have killed many ,or should I say
most, plants brought in to my humble abode. Maybe an air plant is the answer!
So in the challenge today I am going to take The Little Golden Book adviceto “stop and smell the strawberries” by looking
at nature and by trying something really new and not keeping on the same path, which is the behavior Maslow
says leads toSelf- Actualization.
The little green thing below is my new air plant
Could an air plant need me as much as child-of course not?
Could it look at me with cute little animal eyes- of course not?For some reason, and don’t ask me why, I am
excited about nurturing this little plant.Maybe it’s just the plantsdaily need for my spray bottle-you have tospray them every day.
This made me think about the pet rock that I had in the 70's/80's.
Can you believe that we bought rocks! My
son looked at me as if I was an alien when I told him about my rock pet.I guess it’s just a matter of perspective and
we all need something to nurture. So little air plant you are going to be my
little project for the summer.
If this is a good thing or bad thing for my survival tool
box only time will tell. If it blooms like the nice festival lady says that it
would, then bingo! If it dies, I am not taking the blame like instructed in the attached disclaimer .
Think of ways to encourage
one another to outburst of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our
meeting together, as some people do, but encourage …(Hebrews 10:24-25).
You must crave pure
spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out
for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk now that you have had a taste of
the Lord’s kindness (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Thesepassages direct a nurturing attitude toward
one another. We are called to interact and servein a kind andloving way, similar to how a mother cares for her child . By doing
this,we can help to cultivatespiritual maturity in others and in ourselves.