Thoughts of Spring
Spring is here….Yeeeehhhh! For us, Yeeeeehhh for the little birds and plants and Creation!! So call it going within, call it being intoxicated by the amazing smells in Nature, but I’ve had a desire to write something about spring and one thing that keeps on coming back to mind over and over is the peskiest of weeds, the dandelion in my garden, and see it as a life lesson, I saw it’s tenacity over and over again and thought “Wait a minute, there is a lesson here” So here it is, a bit off path for my usual newsletter subject, but what the heck…maybe you will get something out of it as I ramble with my thoughts…
To most people, a dandelion is nothing more than a weed… an unwanted nuisance contaminating your garden. A dandelion is actually much, much more. We can learn from the dandelion if we just listen. For instance, it grows and spreads its seeds everywhere. Maybe a lesson to us to bloom where you are planted? A dandelion is hearty and grounded with strong roots that deeply connect it to the earth – it does not give up very easily when its roots are ripped from the ground, in fact it will fight and if pulled out, grow back even stronger. A lesson to us to stand for what we believe, to not give up if, indeed, it is your right to be where you are
How often in life have we just laid down in utter defeat after being run over by that lawnmower of a boss or by being violently ripped from our comfort zone by someone whose intent was to destroy us? How about being destroyed by a bad relationship? It is here again, that we can learn from the dandelion. Despite its bad experiences, despite being mowed to the ground, the dandelion reaches its happy, sunny face to the world all over again as if it never experienced a painful past. It recreates itself anew each time. It finds a reason to try again and stronger and prouder, peaks its head out to reach for the sun. It isn’t destroyed emotionally or is bitter but extends its trust yet again and again.
With its authenticity, strength and optimism, this beautiful “weed” is an inspiration to us all. It inspires us to be the best we can be, to stand up tall and face those who would like to destroy us, to get back up again after we have been run over and to never be defeated but to start again anew with an air of sunny excitement and hope.
I hope that in the midst of adversity we can only say “Yes I can”!