Sunday, February 17, 2013

People Are Like Cactus

 Mr. Cactus and I enjoyed 
a wonderful hike
through the
San Tan Regional Park
not far from our home in Chandler, Arizona
 A glorious Saturday morning with
sunny skies and
perfect temperatures
hovering near the mid-70's
 Spring is in the air
as new growth bursts
through out the desert.
 The Ocatillo's were budding,
 and even the Cholla's looked happy
 to be sloughing off
the dead of winter.
As we passed 
thousands upon thousands
of majestic Suguaro's
I asked Mr. Cactus to find the perfect specimen
of a Cacti.
 You know the image I'm talking about:
A perfectly formed Suguaro
with two evenly spaced arms.
 But, as we walked and walked 
along the 
4.5 mile trail,
we could not find one perfect specimen.
Which made us realize that
People Are Like Cactus
How often do we go about our day
erroneously thinking 
most cacti (and people)
fit the image worthy of a logo,
and me, 
well, I'm just trying to make due with one arm?
 In reality
People Are Like Cactus
and come in all shapes and forms.
Some are short
and some are quite tall.
 Some rebeliouslly say 
"I really have no desire to grow any arms at all."
and others shout
"Look at Me!  I can grow three heads!"
 Many think positively and surmise
"Maybe if I work really hard
my little starts will turn into beautiful arms."
And others just hope to be useful.
"I can be a clothesline,
or even double as a
cell phone tower!
Any one need a coat rack?"
 Some have absolutely no idea
where they are heading at all.
Doesn't matter
And many, many times 
some of us are just 
A Complete Mess!
Which is OK!
Because Cactus, Like People
are each individually
and loved
by God
for our unique differences.


Sue said...

Oh dear, I'm not sure which kind of cactus I am!

Unknown said...

Hehehe... so true! But I must say, I am sooooo jealous! The weather is wonderful there and so cold here. I will see you in a few weeks though! Can't wait!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

beautiful walk through the park with you Nedra - it must be so nice to see all of those cactus

Ann @thequiltingcats said...

As many times as I have made similar walks among the Suguaro and have stopped to ponder their differences and beauty, I never realized WE weren't that different from them. Thank you for this wonderful post!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Lovely post...thank you!

Lois Evensen said...

What a fun post! :)