Tuesday, May 05, 2009


This is my desktop picture today (thank you, Webshots):

Lovely, isn't it? At first I just looked at it and sighed a happy sigh and said "Pretty." And sometimes, that's enough.

But I've been thinking a lot about signs and symbolism and meanings lately, and today while I was staring at it (thinking about something else), I realized why I like it so much. Why I chose that particular picture from all the kazillion more obvious "spring" flower pictures.

It's the perfect image for the stage I'm sitting in right now: PROMISE.
  • I'm not quite graduated yet, but I can see it. (Saturday!)
  • It's not really spring here in Montana yet, but I can feel it coming. The grass is greening up. The first leaves of my daffodils are popping through the snow.
  • I don't have a contract yet--an editor to call my own--but I still hope for it. I read my book and feel the possibility there, tantalizing me, just out of reach. But possible.
The flower isn't facing us, the full force of its beauty head-on. We sense that the beauty is there, but around the corner. One more step and we'll see it. In the meantime we have the gorgeous symmetry of the back: less obvious, but still worth appreciating. Worth acknowledging before we move on.

It's the season of promises, the whisper of hopes rising. Not just for me, but for everyone.

Do you hear it?

One more step, and we're there.


pseudosu said...

Good post. I need to hear stuff like this right now.-- omg- word verification is "effingu", not even kidding...

Julie said...

Thanks for this - it was much needed today. I'm so happy there is so much promise and possibility coming your way!

Yay to graduation on Saturday!!


Kwana said...

I do. Just one more step. Thanks so much for this inspiring post.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

One more step, and we're there.

I love that line, Suze. We ARE almost there and hope is so important told hold onto during that so-close period. Can't wait to take that last step (and then several quick steps in dancing celebration - although your dance steps will be ballet-graceful. Mine?... I'll try not to trip you, 'kay?)

Susan Adrian said...

Sue: ROFLing at the verification word. :) One more step, bb!

Julie: Promise for EVERYbody! (okay, everybody who reads this. :))

Kwana: Yay! One more step!

Tiffany: YES. You cannot trip me, for I will dance around you and pull you up and make it look like we did that on PURPOSE.

JKB said...

Great post Susan! I agree...not *quite* there, but any moment..

Susan Adrian said...

JKB: ANY moment...keep your eyes open and your dreams ready. :)

Jenn Johansson said...

Very positive post and what a lovely flower. :) Early congrats on your graduation!