Surprising Inspiration for Perfectionists from a Grape Hyacinth

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  1. It’s easy to let what I don’t have distract me from the seemingly little I hold in my hand. But it’s not what we have that matters- but WHO we have, and that we yield ourselves and the little time, talent, resources… whatever we have to the work he has for us. Redeem the time.

    Years ago I formed and led a group of mothers of teens (MOTs), in a commitment to pray by name for each other’s kids and for our marriages for 15 minutes, one day a week. It made a Difference. Maybe it needs to be revived.

  2. Yes, yes, and yes! Love this. It’s surprising how much one can get done in fifteen minutes. I call it the tornado effect. And the game-aspect of it makes it pleasurable.

    A good tool for us writers who plod along trying to get everything perfect. Vroom! Shoot past that persnickety editor. Straight to the subconscious. Or muse. Or whatever you call it.

  3. My sweet Pearl, this delightful memory is one I joyously relive every spring when these bulbs emerge reminding me of that spontaneous 15 minute planting. It never ceases to put a smile in my heart as I recall the desire to make-a-memory of lasting impact in the yard to physically remind me our cherished time together. Your recollection captured so beautifully here just hugs me : ) I love you.

    1. Awww, Mom, I love you so much, too. 🙂 Thanks for being a living model of what a mom should be, the kind I aspire to. This story wouldn’t exist without you!

  4. Planting bulbs–in your example especially–is such a great example of doing a little work so we can reap the rewards in the future! I don’t particularly like planting them, but wow, they bloom into some of my favorite flowers. I like the idea of tackling it in fifteen minutes. Here a bulb, there a bulb style 🙂

    1. Emily, I’m with you! My thumb is blackish-gray, and it’s comforting to know it doesn’t have to be so complicated. (My two indoor plants are mini miracles they’re still alive!) Blessings to you today, friend!

  5. I love this reminder of how even a few minutes put to good use can make an profound impact. Thanks for the blessing and beauty of this post!

  6. Pearl! THIS is my favorite of all your posts! This speaks to me on so many levels. Planting seeds you’ll never see grow; carpe diem – seize the fifteen minutes; make life a game with your kids; don’t compete, collaborate…whew! I am sharing this! 🙂 Love it! Thanks for writing it!

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