By Khalia Wilkinson
Today, while enjoying my morning walk I passed by a rose bush that I’m used to seeing in full bloom. This bush is usually very beautiful and full of life, with enchanting red roses layered one on top of the other. When I walked by it today, it took me by surprise; the appearance of this shrub was not appealing at all. In fact, twigs, debris, and thorns heavily engulfed this sad little bush. I thought, “Wow. How ugly, dry and unattractive this is.” Not being a gardener, I even thought that the owners of this bush should maybe pull it up because it was so ugly and lifeless. The winter months had made it an eyesore. I then took a look around me. The trees and the grass were also very dry and brittle. In that moment another set of thoughts quickly came to mind. “Just give it time” I thought, “this rose bush will come back around and be beautiful once again very soon!” This thought put a smile on my face. I took a calming deep breath then heard my spirit say, “find the beauty in even the dormant stages of life.”
To be dormant is typically preached against. In fact, this word is normally received negativity. But today, there was a spin on the word to me. I appreciated it and received it with great joy! Dictionary.com defines this word as “lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive; a state of rest or inactivity; inoperative; unasserted; not erupting; to be in a state of minimal activity with cessation of growth, either as a reaction to adverse conditions or as part of an organism’s normal annual rhythm.”
The reason why being dormant is so frustrating to many of us is because we have become a world of movers-and-shakers, go-getters, and high achievers; and there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, there are consequences in being the opposite which is slack or stagnant. However, we have become so focused and driven until we no longer understand the natural rhythms of life. We have begun swimming upstream, pushing against the current far too hard. We no longer appreciate the time of rest and inactivity that is needed. We do not take the time to slow down, rest, and regroup. In fact, to find the beauty in this is very difficult and challenging to do.
But today, I received that it is a must. To everything there truly is a season. And that even goes for the seasons of dormancy. Now, I realize that this is not a discussion that one normally has, especially during the beginning of a New Year when resolutions are soaring high; however, being still and inactive for a moment can benefit you more than you think. So when you feel the “tug” and your season is upon you to act in a dormant state, rest in it and enjoy all of the beauty that it has to offer!