Sunflowers bloom like crazy! Little did I know that when I planted sunflowers that I would get GIANT flowers whose enormity takes up my entire garden. I was hoping for a few sunflowers…but I got them in dozens. They grew over the top of my solarium. They shadowed all my vegetables and even killed some plants begging for the sunlight they so graciously took.
But I’m not mad at them…they are GLORIOUS! Their bulbous faces to the sun. Their majestic power and strength. Their ability to bring joy on the most cloudy day. I love sunflowers for they represent my favorite word in the world: JOY. Whose face can’t be brightened by the presence of a sunflower?
Now on to the metaphors. My sunflowers have been through some really tough times. There have been three hefty storms pushing at them and trying to knock them down. Currently, some of their faces are to the ground because the last storm hit them so hard, and I need someone to assist in getting them back up. Even in this adversity, they continue to “shine on.”
I’ve been taking pictures of their various states throughout the summer. As I pondered on these, I realized they represent metaphors of life.
The storms knocked this one down and the roots are hanging on by a thread, but this one pursued, draping across the porch and shooting up! (Not an easy feat, but we can all learn something from this)
The middle one is frazzled and lost all his hair, but is still surrounded by his friends holding him up.
Face to the ground…knocked down…but still growing…these lovelies will soon get assistance.
Namaste my friends…and be as bold as a sunflower…under any conditions…no matter what, just bloom.