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Lessons from the Rose Garden__2: Everything in its Own Time

Everything–and everyone!–does not grow at the same pace.

In the past week, the new rose plants we brought home that had quickly buckled under Arizona’s unseasonable heat have now lost all their half-burnt blossoms. Aside from increasingly dry leaves, the plants seem dormant and are now completely bare.

Though we’ve been careful to water all three of them every day, none of them are doing well.  One of the three is especially crispy crunchy. It’s currently covered in cobwebs.

This is how we started . . .

And this is where we now are . . .

We’ve upped the healthcare regimen and are feeding the plants a liquid vitamin solution—a booster, if you will—to provide them extra energy in their time of need.

I, too, have been taking a booster of sorts. At a recent healthcare visit, my doctor recommended a significant increase in my Vitamin D intake. At least double what I’ve been used to (at a minimum, she said).

Now, a week or so into my vitamin-boost routine, I’m finding I have more energy than usual. Because of a steadier supply of what my body required, I’ve been able to increase my exertion at the gym and up the frequency of workouts. I probably don’t look noticeably different to anyone else, but inside me, something positive is happening. My actions to augment my intake routine in response to known or developing deficiencies is resulting in positive growth.

Sure I still struggle a bit as I break into a new routine at the gym, but I can’t help but notice I’m getting better. I’m not the star pupil in the aerobics classes I’ve been partaking in, but who knows? . . . maybe one of these upcoming weeks or months, I will be.

In the meantime, I’m moving at my own pace, ignoring my old broken-record needs to compete with those around me.

Just like my crispy-critter rose plant, though I might seem like I’m struggling a bit more than others, this journey is mine, and I’m doing it on my own time.


Are you taking on new regimens lately? How’s it going for you? Have you had to make adjustments? Please feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Take it easy, friends!

Adjust as necessary. Pace yourselves.

Remember . . . This is a not a race.

When we take care of ourselves, EVERYONE WINS. 🙂


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3 thoughts on “Lessons from the Rose Garden__2: Everything in its Own Time

  1. Hi Sue, I am Bert from the ‘ Best Years Camping’ group. I recently found this blog and am amazed at your clarity of expression. I knew there was something special about you when we met. Thank you.

    • Hi, Bert! My gosh, what a surprise! Thanks so much for the huge compliment! I’m curious how you ‘found’ Swimming in the Mud. Through my Teardrop Adventures blog perhaps? I’m thinking, Yes.

      We do miss you all at Best Years, but our schedule keeps conflicting with all the camping events. In truth, we’ve had an especially busy year on the home front, so camping has taken a second seat. Mark’s also been spending the past year rebuilding from the ground up a 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck, which is just about ready for longer trips and pulling our teardrop trailer. If you’re interested in checking out the truck, you’ll see some posts on it on my blog page.

      Sure hope to see y’all soon! Thanks again for your kind words, and I look forward to interacting with you here in the blogging world. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Lessons from the Rose Garden__3: Eradicating Bullies | Swimming in the Mud

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