I know that prime flower season has passed, but I have been holding on to this picture since earlier this summer. There is no time to share like the present!
Part of the fun of moving into a new home (especially during the fall) is to see all of the plants come out of their winter hiding places during spring and summer. There are always fun botanical surprises! This summer we discovered that one area of our new front yard housed many sunflowers, which is my favorite flower.
One day, however, I noticed someone pull out their phone and take a picture of the sidewalk near my flowerbed. I didn’t think too much of it until, a few minutes later, a mother and daughter started pointing with excitement at the same stretch of sidewalk. I decided to investigate (and take my own picture).
There, in a crack of the asphalt next to my sidewalk, stood a proud little sunflower. The above quote immediately came to mind.
Even though that sunflower had every reason not to blossom, it still served its purpose and brought happiness to a bunch of people with its unconventional blooming location.
It reminded me that even though we might not find ourselves in the best of circumstances, we can still choose to bloom anyway. We can bring joy into our lives and the lives of others even if we feel like we got the short end of the stick. Why wait for perfect conditions to “bloom” when we can grow and blossom in spite of those imperfections?
So there you have it. My funny little sunflower that made me smile for several weeks this summer and served as a reminder to bloom where you’re planted.