Gratitude: How The Beautiful Orchid Taught Me A Valuable Lesson of Patience

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Original content by Aura Alex Commercial TC Services

"The orchid is Mother Nature's Masterpiece."  Robyn

Research shows evidence of orchids dating back to the age of the dinosaurs, over hundreds of million years ago. Orchids are one of the largest and oldest families of plants in the world. For centuries, people worldwide have fallen in love with their Orchid Flowers. 

Many people don't know that orchid dormancy usually lasts six to nine months, with no guarantee that it may rebloom.

Although most agree that orchids are extremely delicate plants, they are often never met with the same patience and respect they deserve. 

If you've never had an orchid or have never seen someone care for an orchid throughout its dormancy, I can be the first to tell you how demanding they are.

Living in my hometown, Chiang Mai, located in the north, surrounded by mountains and lush green countryside and best known as the Orchid Capital of Thailand, my father became an orchid grower as he retired.

Here is someone that had dedicated the time, energy, and money to keeping something alive, so maybe, just maybe, he could experience it reblooming. 

I watched and learned how he had to wash, clean, trim the roots, prepare the peat moss, have suitable potting soil and fir bark, fertilize, and so on. With extraordinary patience, he kept trying despite difficulty and uncertainty. 

My father taught me how to care for orchids, but the beloved orchid spoke to my inner strength of my discovery of patience  patience is a virtue! 

Orchids taught me the immense feeling of triumph when that long shoot grows a bud, and that bud eventually blooms almost indescribable.

I learned that sometimes something not so simple as growing orchids could be compelling and motivating.

Orchids teach me that it's okay not to be perfect always; my willingness to learn, grow and adapt matters.

They remind me that I must prioritize patience and effort over unrealistic expectations to realize the highest potential.

We live in a society of instant gratification, and there's no "place" for patience in such a world. This, then, creates twin realities: two worlds living parallel to one another. 

Most people live firmly in instant gratification, but a few have come to understand the power and rewards that come from learning the fine art of patience

These goals are attainable, but they, of course, aren't realized instantaneously.

Learning is cumulative. Lessons build, one upon another. As understanding increases the complexity of the projects, we can also undertake expansions. 

"A first-time woodworker might struggle to make a pen from a kit, and a master turns a few scraps into a beautiful, functional piece of furniture."

I began to understand the importance and true meaning of patience. Patience is how I can change my world. The more patience I have and apply, the more significant the change I believe I can affect. 

I am grateful for one of the essential life lessons this beautiful and exotic being has taught me. 

This is my last gratitude post for the November Challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my thoughts.

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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (10)

Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

one of the nice features of orchids is that they last a long time and are of the most readily identifiable flowers as well.

Dec 02, 2022 01:05 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing & re-sharing Aura and Roy!!!

"The orchid is Mother Nature's Masterpiece."  Robyn

If you've never had an orchid or have never seen someone care for an orchid throughout its dormancy, I can be the first to tell you how demanding they are.

Dec 02, 2022 04:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Aura Alex

Dec 02, 2022 06:13 AM
Aura Alex

Hi, Roy.

Whoa! those orchids are stunningly gorgeous!  I love that you added the photo to the post. I always wish the reblogged posts have main pictures. 

BTW: the orchids in your photo look like they relate to the Cattleya orchid family I love. I had never seen them in the color of your orchid photo.

I love all orchids, and all colors and the Cattleya takes my breath away!

Thank you so much, Roy. You have just made my day! 😀

Dec 02, 2022 07:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Make it a habit to post a daily reblog. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

Dec 02, 2022 06:14 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love orchids!  Thank you for sharing Aura Alex's post. 

Dec 02, 2022 06:48 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO

Roy Kelley ,

Patience is a virtue for sure!  Great photos!

Dec 02, 2022 09:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Dec 03, 2022 04:16 AM