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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

Bloom Where You are Planted

Published August 29, 2010 2:51 PM by Glen McDaniel

It's remarkable the number of people from my past who are finding me and re-establishing contact,thanks to social media sites like Facebook.  A few days ago I was contacted by someone I met almost 20 years  ago and , especially without a photo, I had  no idea who he was, despite his vivid recollections of our relationship.

He emailed me, we exchanged phone numbers and he took immediate advantage by calling me and detailing his very colorful, eventful life. He had gone through some remarkably rough spots, but he was, to his credit, pulling himself up and getting back some normalcy in his life. One phrase he used got me thinking "Bloom where you are planted." 

I know I had heard that  saying before but couldn't recall where, so I Googled it. I hadn't realized it was a biblical quote. But whatever the origin it is full of wisdom for everyone including professionals like clinical laboratorians.

It is so very easy to complain about everything that is not perfect in our lives, or the wrongs heaped on us. But it makes good logistical sense to make the best of our circumstances wherever we are. I realized that this belief has been a theme I have espoused over the years.

Think about your job, your boss, your schedule, your pay, your organization, your professional organization, your relationships at work. There is so much that is lacking, that could be better, that should be better. But what can you do about it? Is imperfection any excuse for you to be mired in pessimism and paralyzed by inertia?

The water, nutrient or sunlight might not be perfect, but instead of wilting, drooping and withering up, you still can bloom where you are planted.

posted by Glen McDaniel


That's a good lesson to always remember. I try to teach that to my kids and now my grandkids. We spend so much time complaining and blaming others that we forget what we CAN do.

I heard one of your talks on Resilience a few years ago and I always  recall when you said it doesnt matter what someone else's motivation is for making a change. YOU can always choose to make it work for you, to find some good in it instead of struggling, complaining and fighting. I think about that a lot. It has saved me a lot of grief.

Janice MLT(ASCP) September 6, 2010 4:29 PM
Morrow GA

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