Spring is the season of new beginnings – a time to refresh and start something new. The official first day of Spring is March 20th, although you may consider it the 1st of March instead. (Doesn’t feel very Spring like when it has snowed across the country this week!).

Why bring this up, you ask? Well, today I wanted to discuss something quite appropriate for the Spring: flowers. Or more specifically, orchids.

The Orchid

You see, a little while ago I was given an orchid plant. I didn’t have much hope at first, as I’ve never been able to grow one properly. Or at least, that’s the story I kept telling myself.

With previous ones, the branch would normally start to wither and die, with zero flowers in sight. Then by that point, I would just throw the orchid into the compost. I’m sure you’ve been there before!

But this time, I left the orchid for about two to three weeks. There’s a lot of different advice on what to do with them online – however, I kept it simple.

Sometimes you don’t always know what you’re doing, and that’s OK. Just a bit of water every now-and-then.

After a while, it began to take on that similar look to all the other orchids I’ve had before. In other words, it was dying. But this time, I found myself being unconsciously competent, and I continued to leave the orchid in the sunlight.

To my complete surprise, the next day I checked on it and it was in full bloom.

Take a Tip from Nature

As soon as I saw those lilac petals, I had a brainwave, or what I like to call a ‘lightbulb moment’.

The orchid didn’t need anything complicated, it just needed a little patience to grow properly. And I believe we work in exactly the same way.
I see it often with the WHYs Women. They’ll reach a low point in their lives – maybe the breakdown of a relationship, or a job, or losing a close friend or family member. But with just a little push, they’re able to get through it, and they’ll still be able to bloom due to their resilience.

The point is, sometimes growth doesn’t need to be complicated. All it takes is hope, and a bit of love (and that includes from yourself!!).

Don’t Suffer From ‘Comparisonitis’!

Nature tends to heal and nurture itself. Despite the weather feeling bitter, daffodils will still start to pop up over the next few weeks.

Which brings me to my last point, how flowers grow together. Not all of my orchids grew at once, some took longer than others. But they don’t compare to one another, there’s no competition. They share the same soil and water, and all bloom at different paces, in different sizes.

We humans should be doing the same. Focus on yourself, how you want to feel, and don’t compare to others. You too can bloom and blossom.

Sometimes, it really can be that simple.

Tomorrow I will be at the Hilton Manchester Airport running our Find Your Why Awards and Strictly Come Speaking Graduation event. Look out for the pics and if you want to be there at the next one – then email me at cheryl@cheryl-chapman.com and ask me how!

Cheryl xx

PS – If you liked this blog and want to read more blogs surrounding female empowerment, you can find last week’s here: ‘Celebrating Women – One Voice at a Time!

“I’m on a global mission to help 10 million disheartened souls, who are at a crossroads, to STOP asking why me? And START saying why not me!”

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