“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

~Cynthia Occelli

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lily at The Oregon Garden

  16 comments for “Undone

  1. July 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Great quote – the one constant is change.


    • July 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Very true, Sheryl. Hopefully we keep moving in the right direction. 🙂


  2. July 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Hi, Karen. I loved your reflections and contemplations on this quote. It reminded me of the passage from the Bible, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” (John 12:24-25) Sometimes, I think that we can be too attached to how things are or how we think they should be. I know that I am guilty of getting stuck in thinking I need to be a certain way, or that I’m supposed to be a certain person. There is something like radical acceptance and total surrender involved in allowing oneself to become completely undone, and the seeing what results. Personally, I know that it is when I am vulnerable and open to uncertainty, potential failure, and possible hurt that I really grow.


    • July 19, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Thanks, Lulu. There is just something about complete and total vulnerability that fosters growth. Painful, certainly, but also liberating. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  3. July 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Now that’s a good perspective! Hopeful, too.


    • July 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thanks, Ann. 🙂 Have a great day!


  4. July 15, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Wow, thought provoking.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. July 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    What a powerful thought; It’s worth contemplating, and I know I will.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 15, 2016 at 7:41 am

      It IS very thought-provoking. Have you ever been completely undone from something has knocked you flat? I wonder if the type of growth we need to experience comes from that very thing. I don’t know, and I certainly don’t wish pain on anyone; however, when I think back over events in my life, I can say I grew from them and learned things I may never have learned otherwise. When I saw the quote it resonated with me. 🙂

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    • July 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Dear Aunt Beulah, I just saw your post called See To Your Siblings (Dec 2013) and I love what you wrote. Could I share this?


  6. July 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Ummm… quite on time for me (this thought of not being destroyed , but actually growing) 🙂
    Turtle Hugs

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Glad you liked it. How are things across the sea?


      • July 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

        For me it’s choppy waves right now 😉 but as i still dream of becoming a surfer … I’m riding the waves as best as I can 🙂
        If you mean generally in Portugal , people are quite happy right now (euphoric even) because of the Euro Cup winning 🙂 and being summer and sunny 🙂
        Turtle Hugs


        • July 14, 2016 at 10:59 am

          Yes, great on the Euro Cup!! 🙂 Glad you are well. Hugs from the sunny west coast. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  7. July 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    No break quite yet… Love this!

    Liked by 1 person

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