In Hope We Prosper – Day 19

In Hope We Prosper – Day 19

What does it actually mean to prosper?  If you start with the definition, you will read words like thrive, flourish, flower, bloom, blossom, burgeon, grow vigorously, expand, spread, improve, succeed, advance, get on in the world, go up in the world, arrive, fly high, make one’s mark, or become rich.

With those words, I not only want to prosper, I crave prospering.

The promise exists…with hope, we will prosper.  We want to make it in this world.  Whatever our personal goals or wishes for achievement are, we hope to reach them.  

What we so often forget to consider is our current place and how we have already prospered.  The riches are too great to count when we focus on what we possess outside of what money can buy.  I once read,  “If you want to find out how rich you are, count how many things you have in your life that money can’t buy.”

We all know the fleeting promises of material goods.  The next best technology item brings us a momentary thrill until we move on to what really matters…the treasures of life as they surround us. 

 As I sit and consider the differences between the words used to define one word, I am moved by the power of subjectivity.

The hand of hope is at work in my life.  I reach for the familiarity of its grasp and realize the promise is real.  The “riches” surrounding me are too great to count, yet I know there is more in store in a future beyond what I see today. 

Living in the moment does not prevent us from hoping.  Appreciating the now only lays the groundwork for tomorrow.  When we believe we can grow, expand, and improve there is always hope.  It is in that very same hope, we prosper.

-Erika K Rothwell

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Metaphorical Thinking

Metaphorical Thinking

Metaphorical Thinking

It’s been raining for days.  I’m driving along a rural highway admiring the visual gifts, namely the multiple waterfalls being formed simply by water cascading down slight inclines of land.  My mind wanders and settles on the cleansing effect of rain on the earth.  For me, the metaphorical thoughts inherently follow.  

As the miles pass, I notice the scorched landscape that had been burned by a rampant wildfire, months before.  The trees look forlorn as they reach toward the sky with their unscathed branches while their burned trunks tell the story.  The grass is only a memory left by a smoky black trail.  Somehow though, at that moment, the rain seems to promise a glistening future by lighting up the dark stretch of devastation.

It is proven that a lightly burned section of land, when given life-giving water, can be renewed and flourish.  This can only be attributed to roots that extend deeper than the visible damage combined with the chemical compound change effect of the soil.

And now, I feel it…the metaphorical cleansing effect of the rain.  It beats down with an incessant rhythm lulling me into the hope of a future.  So many times, I have been beaten down by the fires…and feel I can only show a dark trail of pain.  But then, the rain comes, and my boughs reach for the sky;  making it clear that my roots are still intact. It is at this time, I believe I can flourish from my new soil.

-Erika K Rothwell

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