Several years ago I moved back home from college and lived with my parents for a little while.  It wasn’t my first choice, and it took me awhile to get over having to be there, but it’s what I needed to do at the time.

There is a small town square where they live that has some little boutique stores in it.  One day I was looking around the shops there, I came across a votive holder with a daisy on it.  Along the side the candle holder read, “Bloom where you’re planted.”  I immediately bought it and placed it on my nightstand at home.

I’m actually not a fan of the phrase “Bloom where you’re planted.”  Especially at that point in my life, that phrase implied that there was little I could do to change my circumstances and that the best I could do was deal with what I was given.  That was not acceptable to me.

The reason I bought the candle holder is because the phrase was engraved in a very curly script which, strangely,  made the ‘p’ in ‘planted’ look like an ‘S’.

Bloom where you’re Slanted!

Now this is a phrase I can dig.  I love the idea of focusing on the parts of myself that are a little off center.  Those ‘slanted’ parts are where the greatest opportunity lies.  You may have a skill or a way of seeing things that no-one else does.   Your obsession with candy, or action movies, or reading the dictionary could actually be a guidepost to a career or creative endeavor that would be perfect for you.

Where are you slanted?  Is there anything about you that people have found strange in the past but that you now use in your professional or creative life?