Bloom: (v) to produce flowers; be in flower.
Perhaps the most difficult thing for human beings to do is admit that what we are pursuing is just not blooming–especially if we’ve gone through contortions to promote it.
There are just signs that ideas, beliefs and goals are growing in the right direction and are worth further cultivation. When these signs are absent, we have to be willing to walk away and maintain the good cheer necessary to start again.
What are the signs?
1. Good ideas green.
Long before they bloom, they show some sprout–what you planted is actually emerging from the dirt. There is a greening.
2. We don’t find ourselves needing to make excuses.
I can always tell when I’m pursuing a faulty pathway–I need to over-proclaim its value or constantly explain why it’s important. Some truths do need to be self-evident.
3. Other folks see the growth and get excited.
America is a victim of hype. We spend too much time trying to advertise instead of asking ourselves if it actually has any chance of progress.
- If you plant a seed and get some green, then comes the bloom.
- If you don’t plant a seed there’s no chance for greening–that is true.
But don’t expect anything to become flowery if it doesn’t have… da-vine.
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