Our Stream of consciousness prompt for today is: “-tion.” Find a word that ends with “tion.” Bonus points if you start your post with it. Have fun!
Fruition takes time. Fruition is one of the words I thought of when I read the prompt. There was also communication, action, imagination….. I recently did a one-liner on imagination. Creation is a word close to my heart. But fruition keeps tugging at me.
When we want something badly, we don’t want it to take a lot of time. But fruition is about growing into, becoming, developing. There’s a readiness that needs to happen. Like in my memoir. 39 years is a long time, but a lot happened in the meantime. Life flows up and down, around and under, twisting on The Long and Winding Road which is one of my favorite songs.
My garden veggies are not coming to fruition as I’d hoped. David says it’s because there isn’t enough sunlight on account of all the trees. We cut some back, but maybe we’ll have to cut more in the winter. Not cutting any big ones mind you. Mostly we’ll cut privet. The basil has done well and the ginger seems to be growing nicely. The zucchini plants have plenty of leaves and beautiful flowers, but no zucchini. Maybe we’ll try spinach.
The caladiums have done great.
Prayers come to fruition over time, but not always how we expect. A few nights ago I stood in my backyard in the dark praying hard about a family issue regarding one of my adult children. The angels heard me. God heard me. Jesus heard me. I felt a bit of relief that comes when you can’t deal with it any more and have to trust a Power greater than yourself. Things have improved, and I am reminded that sometimes things have to get messed up before they can get better.
The long and winding road continues to twist and turn, and I will enjoy the caladiums. And the basil.
May all your best dreams, hopes and prayers come to the best possible fruition.
One more thing. US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. She was a strong pioneer for equality and justice. She lived a life that came to abundant fruition.
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September 19, 2020 at 10:05 am
JoAnna, enjoy the garden and what has come to fruition for you. I love the smell of basil and would grow it on the patio if I had more sun. I’m glad the family issue is resolved and it does remind me of the power of prayer. I must work harder at this in the months to come, praying for a change that bring us peace and unity in 2021.
September 19, 2020 at 12:50 pm
Thank you, Mary. Peace and Unity is something I want to pray for more often, too. Lord, make me a channel of your peace….. Because sometimes I forget.
September 19, 2020 at 10:13 am
Nice post JoAnna and I see that we both mentioned the Beatles and R.B.G. so great minds must think alike.
September 19, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Thanks, Jim. Great minds, great songs, and a great lady to remember.
September 19, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Have you ever heard the version of “The Long And Winding Road” without all the strings and other stuff Phil Spector added? I think it’ s just gorgeous, kind of wistful and lonely…
September 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm
Thank you very much for this, John. It is beautiful. It sounds more personal, like we’re in the same room, cozy and warm.
September 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm
I love your closing remark that our US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “lived a life that came to abundant fruition.” She served her country until the end. What a woman! What a patriot!
With regards to our prayers for help, I’m also “reminded that sometimes things have to get messed up before they can get better.” It’s during times like these that our faith and strength are truly tested. Very rarely do things work out the way I have hoped and prayed for.
September 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Thank you for understanding. It’s interesting that you mentioned our faith and strength being tested. A friend recently said something about us getting more and more (spiritual) pop quizzes. Hopefully they will be the kind of tests we learn from, maybe they will make our faith stronger, somehow. I will cultivate that, at least in this moment as an alternative to despair. Maybe this is a post of its own.
September 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm
September 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm
I love the word fruition! Close to my heart as well! Great post! 💜
September 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm
Thanks, Lisa. I don’t use the word, fruition, much, but I believe that’s about to change. 🙂
September 19, 2020 at 8:27 pm
It’s a beautiful word, I used it one time in conversation with my hubby. By no mean am I putting him down, he asked what did you just say. Hmm never heard that word used in conversation. He has now. 😊
September 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm
September 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Great word, and wonderful thoughts. I have a friend whose zucchini didn’t produce any fruit this year. He cooks the leaves in with garlic in olive oil and serves them with pasta. My wife used to do the same, but she didn’t even try to grow zucchini this year.
September 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm
I hadn’t thought of eating the leaves! Thanks for the tip!
September 19, 2020 at 9:58 pm
You’re welcome. They are good.
September 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm
I’m saddened by RBG dying, but I am loving your post. The tenderness of your prayers being answered, that’s wonderful! 💗
A gorgeous close-up of your caladium!
September 20, 2020 at 11:07 am
Thank you, Ka. I’ve enjoyed the caladiums. I am grateful for them, answered prayers, and the life of RBG. I hope you have a lovely day. ❤
September 20, 2020 at 12:13 am
I enjoyed your entire post but could identify with plants not coming to fruition. I planted 3 tomato plants, 1 died and the remaining 2 have each given me 2 tomatoes. I plucked themso the bugs wouldn’t devour them before I could. There are flowers on one of the plants but I hope they come to fruition. lol
September 20, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Well, at least we tried. And I don’t feel so alone now. We had a few grape tomatoes. Maybe we needed to prune more. I hear okra is easy to grow. Maybe we’ll try that next year. Glad you enjoyed the post!
September 20, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Lovely post, JoAnna. I love the feeling of surrendering in prayer, and feeling that gentle heart-pulse of being heard. Of heart thoughts received… Yes, it takes time for fruition! And everything in its own time, too… Thanks for the lovely meditation on growing things, and things of the heart…
September 21, 2020 at 11:27 pm
Thank you, Michael. I’m honored that you have seen the best and deepest parts of my writing. It’s so nice to hear from you!
September 25, 2020 at 1:44 pm
I’m so happy your prayers were heard, and it appears that things are on their way to working out. Prayers…I pray every day. And sometimes I just pray – “I love you…thank you!”
Your statement about things sometimes have to get worse before they get better struck a chord with me. It makes me think about our current climate here in the states…it feels so divisive…Can’t wait until we feel UNITED again!!
Hope you have a great weekend ahead, JoAnna ❤
September 25, 2020 at 9:55 pm
Feeling united is something to look forward to! And looking forward brings it closer. Thank you for your positive attitude! “I love you…thank you!” is a wonderful prayer! I’m saying it right now! ❤
September 26, 2020 at 8:50 am
Ah…love it! Sometimes that is all we need to say! 💜