Last week a friend unexpectedly gave me a beautiful potted flower. I don’t know what kind of flower it is because beyond roses and sunflowers I don’t know much about flowers. But, the blooms were vibrant and it brightened my day. Such a simple gesture, yet it meant so much to me. I set it by my front door and then left it to fend for itself. It did great for a few days. Then it slowly shriveled away.
On Wednesday she was over my house and after she left I noticed the shriveled plant and hoped she hadn’t noticed it too! If she did she probably thought that I didn’t appreciate her gift. I did, but I didn’t take care of it. (Stephanie, if you’re reading this, thank you and I’m sorry!)
That got me to thinking about my relationships with friends and family. I have so many people in my life that give me so much (not just material things). Do I take care of these gifts? Do I take care of the relationships? Do I make sure they get the attention they need to allow those relationships to vibrantly bloom or do I neglect them and let them shrivel away. Many names quickly come to mind of relationships that I’ve neglected… now to start watering them.