A couple of weeks ago, during a trip to the grocery store, I spotted a table full of primrose plants. They looked just beautiful grouped together – pinks, yellows, oranges, reds. Even though they were on sale for only $1.49, I hesitated before deciding to buy one. Finally, I picked out a plant with bright yellow flowers. I knew it would look very cheerful sitting on my windowsill at work. When I took it to the register, I debated putting it back. I didn’t know whether I should buy it or not.
This weekend, John and I were again at the grocery store. This time, it was a table full of little crocus plants with purple flowers for $1.25 each. Again, I hesitated before picking one up and putting it in my cart. I bought it and took it to work, where it is now sitting on my windowsill next to the primrose.
Those two little plants cost me $2.74. For less than three dollars, I am able to see beautiful flowers every day while I am at my desk working. For under three dollars, my work space is bright and cheery. For under three dollars, I feel a little lift of happiness every time I see the bright colors on my windowsill. What a small price to pay for so much joy.
The sad thing is, I almost didn’t buy the plants. I picked them up and then put them back down. I debated and tried to decide whether I should by them. I guess that I wasn’t sure that I should spend the money. How I agonized over that $1.49 and $1.25. Today, I was looking at those two pretty little plants. I noticed how much they brighten up my office and I thought how ridiculous that I almost did not buy them.
Before this year began, I always passed by the flowers at the grocery store. No matter how pretty the flowers or plants were, I refused to buy them. I thought that buying them would be a waste of money. At the beginning of 2011, I decided that I was going to accept opportunities to bring beauty into my life and take advantage of grace when it presented itself. So, I spent the $2.74 to buy the pretty little plants. It was money well spent, because those plants remind me that winter will end and spring will come. In the meantime, they remind me that there are bright spots of color everywhere in the world if I keep my eyes open.