Planting Spring Flowers


Spring is here.  At least in Arizona which means that it’s planting season.  Now I know that for some of you, you have just had a foot of snow dumped on your outside premises and so you won’t be able to relate to me at this time.  You are bundled up in your warmest stockings and a beanie hat with water-proof boots slugging away to work or going home.  We did have a winter of about one month in January where it got down to the 60’s with several days of rain.  But now spring is here.

Nadine and I love pansies (upper left) and violas, the small flowers pictured in the upper right and lower left.  I love looking at these because they have so much color and you can imagine whatever you want.

For instance, the white pansy could look like a monkey face  with two black eyes and a black beard.  It could also resemble an angel with two wings horizontal and a body on the bottom.  When you look for a period of time, all kinds of things begin to emerge.

Take for instance the white and blue violas in the upper right.  If you look close enough at the flower you can see an inverted heart at the very bottom of the flower.  I have planted these flowers for decades and admired them from afar, but Nadine brought to my attention a couple of days ago the inverted dark blue heart.  I will never be able to see these flowers the same will always see the inverted heart thanks to my wife.

On this journey, what you have been doing on a yearly basis  can change as you allow others in your life to help you see life in a new way.  Opening our ears and eyes to what others see can bring a new dimension to our journey.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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