I remember an old western movie called “The Quick and the Dead.” The principle it espoused was either you were quick on the draw with a gun or you were dead. Our society espouses another principle; it’s called “The Quick and the Easy.”
More than ever people are being urged to take hold of the the quick and the easy. If you want to be something or do something, all you need is to find it prepacked on the shelf and to take it down. Instantaneous success or growth is the name of the game. The idea of applying and committing yourself to a step by step, or little by little process of living, is foreign. An “I want it now” philosophy dominates in an instant society.
I visited a friend yesterday who grows orchids. I wanted to take some photos of them. She was saying to me that apart from the work, the time and the care it takes to ultimately have these plants produce their magnificent blooms, there is also a step by step process in the plant itself which enables these blooms to unfold. It doesn’t all just suddenly appear. Behind the beauty there’s a tremendous amount of hard work.
I think it’s like that with life. Behind everything worthwhile there has to be the hard work of slowly putting down roots and growing. Only then does it unfold beyond all superficiality in to true meaning and integrity. Without this work behind it, it remains fluff and tinsel, and there’s a lot of that around.
Here are some of the images of the orchids if you’d like to see them: