The Quick and the Easy

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:


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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10 Responses to The Quick and the Easy

  1. Vince says:

    So very, very true Don, the truth is that the more one puts into something and greater the reward in the end. We have orchids here and know just what your friend was speaking about, out tree orchids sometimes take up to three years to produce, but when they do they are truly beautiful.


  2. Don says:

    Three years of preparation – that’s quite something, Vince. Exactly what we’re talking about.


  3. Malou says:

    Beautiful post! I love the analogy between growing orchids and life. Very true! 😉


  4. Don says:

    Thanks Malou. Kind of you. Appreciate your words.


  5. ladyfi says:

    That is a lot of preparation for this beauty. You’re right, of course… we’re living in a disposable society, but the pendulum is gradually swinging back where people want to live a more sustainable and profound life.


  6. Don says:

    Yes, thank goodness there are signs all over the place where people are wanting to live profounder lives. It’s encouraging.


  7. What remarkable flowers! I’ve heard before that these plants need a great deal of love and attention and I like the way you’ve linked that to the way we live our lives. Less fluff and tinsel and more orchid life!


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