Bloom Where You're Planted
For those of you that know me, know that this is another one of my favorite philosophies in life - "bloom where you're planted."
The ways we view the world is abundant and ever-changing. To be fruitful and to make the best of life when it throws lemons at you is a gift. To do this well, is an adventure.
I take pride in doing what’s right, even when it’s hard.
Moving to Eureka and leaving our perfect perch in Dallas, TX was hard, yes - but it was right! When we moved through that experience, it felt like it was the right thing to do. We felt it was time to bloom in a new environment.
When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment for which it grows, not the flower. -Alexander Den Heijer
Everyone knows that moving is vigorous, strenuous, laborious and arduous.
But if you bring all of that into your experience after you're fully planted in your new environment, things won't flourish.
I hear this all the time - "Eureka either embraces you or repels you!"
While this certainly is true of Eureka, this is also true of any place on Earth. For it is the mindset by which a person chooses to live and experience life's daily journey that makes a path fruitful ... or not!
Have you ever heard the following quote? "I've always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there."
This quote was said by Bob Hope, a wildly happy gent that (in my opinion) didn't need fame and fortune to make him happy. He lived with the right mindset and therefore he would've still lived a wildly happy life if he was a Human Resources professional at a manufacturing company in Arkansas.
Like me, for instance:
I'm wildly happy.
I'm a Human Resources professional at a manufacturing company in Arkansas.
I'm not famous.
I'm not Bob Hope.
Your life moves in front of you at a pace only known to you as a result of the choices you make. In short, you do you and things happen; albeit the good, and the not-so-good.
By golly, in Eureka Springs, individuality is aplenty. People that flourish in Eureka are those that are happiest in their own skin and happiest when living their chapter in truth to themselves.
In Eureka, things happen and what I love most about this place are the beautiful people that make Eureka Springs bloom and flourish. Many who get here simply follow this ol'saying "bloom where you're planted."
2500 residents in Eureka Springs make this vibrant little place come to life - parades, festivals, events, activities, attractions, restaurants, theatre, magic, art, music and a whole lot more. People who find Eureka, often find a way back and it's usually to reside and thrive.
We all know that sometimes life can be hard. We make plans and things doing always go the way we planned. "Bloom where you're planted" means to take control of how you respond and make a choice to move through and get past it while seeking out the silver lining.
This article was co-authored by Adrian Klaphaak, CPCC. Adrian Klaphaak is a career coach and founder of A Path That Fits, a mindfulness-based boutique career and life coaching company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also is an accredited Co-Active Professional Coach (CPCC). Klaphaak has used his training with the Coaches Training Institute, Hakomi Somatic Psychology and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) to help thousands of people build successful careers and live more purposeful lives.
“Bloom Where You Are Planted” can mean various things:
To be fruitful, blossom.
Become all you were created to be.
Make the best of what you have when life throws lemons at you.
Do what’s right (even when it’s hard.)
Eureka, you have found it! You Are Here!
"Bloom where you're planted." ❤️