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Bloom Where You Are Planted

    Spring is a beautiful season. As I rode around the neighborhood this spring, my eyes focused on the blooming flowers. I especially admired the beauty and stamina of the iris. Some people call these flowers, �flags� due to their large showy blooms. These plants are in the botanical classification, Iris. They have green, narrow, sword-shaped leaves. They are grown from rhizomes, underground stems that send out roots and shoots. Some are dwarf varieties growing only 8� tall, while the bearded varieties grow 28�.

    In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods. There are thousands of varieties of irises that come in a rainbow of bold and pastel colors, many are bicolor: deep purple, pale pink, red, orange, bright yellow, yellow/lavender, blue/white, blue/violet. Iris varieties bloom from early March to late June, depending on the weather. The peak flowering period for most varieties is late April. There are even some varieties that re-bloom again in June and continue until a killing frost wipes them out.

    This perennial plant comes up year after year and requires very low maintenance, making it ideal for the beginner gardener. In fact, from my observations as a horticulturist, the plants seem to flourish where ever they are planted. Sunlight is required, however, even in shady conditions, the flowers come into bloom. When soil conditions are poor and rocks are abundant, the iris still manages to flower. When water and fertilizer is scarce, still a flower appears. They can survive and perform satisfactorily in most any environment. These are extremely hardy plants!

    When I thought about the toughness of the iris, I thought about my tenacity and vigor. Have I been able to bloom where I was planted? In the most difficult of times, when the situations I have encountered were less than ideal, how have I fared? What vim and vigor was I able to muster? Did I come through with flying colors, like the iris?

    Maybe we all have what it takes to endure a poor environment, one lacking in resources. We may also have the capacity to withstand a difficult situation under less than ideal conditions. We can overcome circumstances beyond our control. Sometimes we blame other people, point to our limited resources, and our lack of knowledge to rationalize our lack of success. We may rationalize that because we weren�t born into wealth, we won�t amount to anything.

    The next time we are faced with a challenge, we should think about planting ourselves firmly into the situation. We should spread our roots out to gather all the resources, information and support we can, and flourish in spite of the circumstances. Who knows, you may even be a re-bloomer and continue to stay in full bloom for years to come, thriving in the face of your adversity.

    � Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

    Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a speaker and writer. To book her to speak at a conference, or to subscribe to her free monthly inspirational column, go to: Rosemarie Speaks

    Rosemarie conducts presentations that bring out the best in people, to help them achieve goals, and take charge of their lives. Rosemarie helps her audiences discover their inner strength. Her core message is focused on sharing information, strategies, and life lessons that provide the tools to LIVE LIFE WITH CONVICTION.

    She is the author of �Take Back Your Life!� and is Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2004.

    Rosemarie would like to receive your comments about the impact her article has made on your life. Write her at: Rosemarie@RosemarieSpeaks.com