The desert works relentlessly to forbid it, yet the cactus still blooms.
How does a flower bloom?
Flowers know when to bloom because of a single gene implanted within them. This lone master gene, triggers the reproductive development of a plant, telling it when it's time to start blossoming. All flowers require sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil to grow; however, which flowers will grow best depends on your environment as well as your gardening skill. Cacti are flowering plants, so every kind of cactus is capable of blooming when it is mature. Whether or not an individual cactus plant blooms depends on its age and the care it gets. Some cacti don't bloom until they are more than 30 years old. Others won't bloom, even if they are old enough, unless they get proper light conditions, watering and nutrition.
How are we like the desert flower?
Just like the flower, each of us have a purpose implanted within us that is meant to bloom. Some blooming processes take more time than others, just like the cactus flower so be patience. However, sometimes the ones that take the longest to bloom end up being the most beautiful or strongest. And just like the flower, we need proper conditions; light, watering, nutrition and pruning.
When a person is in the baby stages of blooming, they are still closed off, unsure of who they are and what their purpose is. Like a bud beginning its journey into a flower, people are beginning their journey into their purpose. Like the flower bed, people need encouragement, guidance, instruction, just as the flower needs sunlight, water and nutrients.
As the blooming process begins, the bud slowly opens up its petals to the world. The same is with people. In this process, we start to learn and open up to people, opportunities and new ideas. We begin doing things that we never did before such as meeting someone new, going out for a new job, or leaving our comfort zone. In time we learn the most important thing is to not be afraid of being ourselves, not caring about what others think or say about us.
Now you finally have the power to bloom! You can now become the person you've always wanted to be, leaving all fear and doubt behind. You no longer need to stay closed up hidden from the world. You are no longer that little bud, but a beautiful flower getting ready to leave your mark on this world. Just like a flower in its final form, it shows its beauty to all no matter how it looks! We're not so different from the flowers in the desert. We were both created to bloom into such beautiful things that we impact the world and everyone around us!