Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 233, August 21

I love sunflowers. I love their unapologetically happy faces. I love their unpretentious prettiness. I love their in-your-face boldness. They push through the ground, grow quickly, and bloom in a burst of gold.
Sunflowers do not pretend to be what they are not. Among God's humblest creations, they accept what they are.
This is a good life lesson. Have you noticed that we are less happy when we pretend to be something that we are not? I occasionally long to be different from what I am. I long to be outgoing, bold, and brave. The truth is, I'm not any of those things. And I probably wouldn't be happy if I tried to be them because it is not in my nature. Just as it is not in the sunflower's nature to be a hothouse rose.
So, for today, I am grateful for lessons from sunflowers.


  1. What I like about sunflowers in addition to their beauty is that they provide food for so many birds. It's a real thrill to watch finches hang upside down to get the last seed from a sunflower. Beauty and practicality -- it doesn't get any better, does it?