I’m a pretty adept gardener but removing mistletoe from Palo Verde trees and pruning huge, spiny branches is not my forte. So, last week I hired a gardening crew for a few hours. When they arrived, I cautioned them to, ‘be careful’ of some of my new plantings. Now granted, most people do not scatter sunflower seeds among rocks but I do. It gives me immense pleasure to fill barrenness with beauty.
It wasn’t until the following morning that I noticed one of the men had stepped on several of my sunflower shoots and broken the stems. They probably did look like weeds. I was tempted to pull them out and start over but stopped when I noticed that each one had a round, green bud that someday would yield a yellow flower. So I left them, broken and lying flat on the rocks. Perhaps the birds might peck out a bite or two I surmised.
This morning, I was alone in the pool, which is both blessing and curse. Blessing, because I don’t have to fight for a lane and curse because I am alone with my thoughts. Today, I was a bit blue because there is so much less time ahead of me than behind me. I pictured the older people who are often here, many of who can no longer swim at all and merely tread water. I wondered if that would ever be me.
Then I thought of the gal who arrives daily on crutches, sits down, removes her prosthetic leg, slips into the water and swims a vigorous mile. My brief depression ended abruptly. I returned home to find this beautiful flower, which actually bloomed more than a week after it had been trampled!! ‘Such spunk,’ I thought to myself– just like the girl with no leg and just like the kind I intend to cultivate in myself. As Hemingway once wrote, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
Thank you for sharing!
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®4
Very nice and very well said. It is always good to read encouraging things like this no matter how old or how young one is. Many thanks for sharing!
Love!! You are amazing. xoxo
I love the message here, and in all of your posts! I would love to see a photo of the entire rock area with all of your beautiful sunflowers when they are in full bloom.
You want this book – http://www.alibris.com/Growing-Young-Ashley-Montagu/book/2722923
and this book – http://www.alibris.com/Nourishing-Traditions-The-Cookbook-That-Challenges-Politically-Correct-Nutrition-and-the-Diet-Dictocrats-Sally-Fallon/book/29485357?matches=27
Mark Force, DC chiropractic physician The Elements of Health …natural & functional healthcare 60 Golden Spike Way Ashland, Oregon 97520 o 480.334.0475 firstname.lastname@example.org