Mar 13, 2012 24

Embracing the tiny: a 21-Day Salute™

a blossoming tree

How do you begin again what it feels like you’ve stopped since forever?

Any way you want to. Or any way you can.

(Conveniently, sometimes they’re the same thing.)

That damn tree can take a few months off, even out here in the land of perpetual growing seasons. No one wonders what the hell it was doing while those shrubs down the block had it going on. When it blossoms again, no one disparages it for slacking off, or wonders why its flowers aren’t bigger, already, or whispers behind its back that last year’s blooms were soooooo much better.

So I’m going to make like a tree, and come back slow and tiny, one bud at a time.

Here we go…


The skinny on, plus all previous, 21-Day Salutes™.

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Vivienne Grainger March 13, 2012 at 12:41 am

Welcome back! We’re glad to see you bud again. It’s been a long winter, but every tree knows they’re necessary. Except the evergreens, but ya know, there’s always some iconoclasts among us.

Jeremy March 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

Yes! I love watching the new growth in spring, here in the land of non-perpetual growing seasons.

Dene March 13, 2012 at 2:35 am

Great analogy Colleen. I love it. And I love that even your tiny posts are great posts. Bravo and welcome back.

Paul Moore March 13, 2012 at 3:07 am

Ebb & Flow

Jenny March 13, 2012 at 4:00 am


ratTus rattUs March 13, 2012 at 4:10 am

I lOve trees, but I’ve never before seen them in such a wOnderfUl way. Thank you!

Nikki March 13, 2012 at 5:24 am

Love this – welcome back. xo

Karen J March 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

I wonder if any trees ever berate *themselves*, for taking the winter off? Probably not, hunh ~

Take as much time as ya need, to enjoy the trip back too. ;)

Lisa March 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

Lovely post Colleen! Just the other day, I was walking through my bountiful tree blossoming neighborhood and stopped in front of a tree that was without any signs of what will come. It didn’t look worried, or anxious or embarrassed. The tree reminded me to take comfort in my own timing of blossoming (which happens to be later than most). Thanks for your brilliant and blossoming observations!

Liz March 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

This was exactly what I needed to read today.


Denise March 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

Fabulous. Welcome back!

Julie Perkins March 13, 2012 at 8:31 am


Debbe March 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

a way
with words.

communicatrix March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thank you, lovely friends. Baby steps. And “happy Spring” to all.

And more anon.

Delia Lloyd March 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I feel moved to sing the theme song from Welcome Back, Kotter! It’s great to see you up and about these parts again…

Delia Lloyd

Susannah March 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Happy Blossoming to you, Colleen!

Mary Ellen March 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I missed you and at the same time believed you were doing exactly what you needed to be doing…and I hope you just keep doing that. xoxo

Dannette March 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

Wishing you a gentle and peaceful reentry – with no expectations. Baby steps is the perfect way to approach a sleeping giant. I am sharing this beautiful analogy with my support foundation. Thanks for the inspiration.

Staci March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

This reasonates with me!!! I just wrote all about winter, dormancy and creativity using trees in the analogy. You might dig it. Your point fits right in. Thank you!

Marion Driessen March 15, 2012 at 12:50 am

Step by step one travels far. And Tolkien can know. He’s traveled all over Middle Earth.
Happy spring hugs, and make sure you keep those steps small. I will be next to you in case you need encouragement, or talk. Or share chocolate! ;)

Lisa March 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Well hello! And welcome to Spring!

Kathy March 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

A writer reboot! Excellent.

Jennifer Louden March 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

i am loving every single one of these tiny essays. you are a genius. a frickin genius. i have spoken.

Shawn Tuttle March 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love the idea. Am deciding on my own 21 day-er.

Love your sharing (gram and gramps over the toilet?!)

LOVE your writing… so fresh and fun.

And positively love all the friendly greetings of the sweet people above.

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