What Shape Waits In The Seed Of You?

Don't let anyone dull your sparkle

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance.  This is the Law of Nature.

  – Dr. Steve Maraboli

I’ve always thought that if I was a flower, I would want to be a dandelion.  I love how their seed heads seem to sparkle.  When my bright yellow flower matured into tiny seeds, I wanted a little girl to pick me and make wishes.  Then blow me all over the meadow, so that I could spread and grow into the whole meadow.  A whole meadow of new tiny wishes to be made. 

Only the wind knows where it will carry our dandelion souls.

  – A.R. Asher

Dandelions are considered to be weeds by many.  But they are edible plants, and dandelion tea is very good for the liver, although I guess that dandelion wine might be a better drink – lol.  It is a useful plant, not pretentious or hard to grow like some flowers.  It is found almost everywhere. It is even a social flower because their deep taproots bring up nutrients not only for themselves, but any nearby plants too.  If you plant them around your trees, they release a gas that actually helps fruit to ripen. 

What I need is the dandelion in the spring.  The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction.  The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses.  That it can be good again.

  – Suzanne Collins

When the seeds disperse they parachute outwards, like they are enjoying even the end of the life to the maximum, with no reservations.  They have faith that their landing will continue to their species.  This faith is born out by the fact that they have been around since prehistoric times and are not a cultivated plant in most places.

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

  – D. Elton Trueblood

Words are like seeds.  They have creative power.  What seeds are you planting?  What choices are you making today, that will be harvested tomorrow, next week, next month, next year?  Do you choose to make changes, so that you can excel?  Do you choose to listen to your inner mean mind voice or the soft whisper of your soul?  Do you choose to be useful, not using and manipulating others?  Do you choose to live your life with courage, standing up for yourself and others?  Words grow larger when they are examined.  The words are like the opening of a flower, from the bud to the blossom. 

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.

  – Anais Nin

Why are we afraid of opening from a bud to a bloom?  I think part of the reason is that we are afraid of being judged as not worthy.  Not a very pretty blossom.  Poor color.  Bent petals.  Not attracting the right kinds of bees, birds or insects to help pollinate others.  No scent, or even worse, we stink.  We might get attacked by Aphids and look all spotty.  A dog or cat might decide we are the litter box.  Some child running by could step on us and smash us into paste.  Then we won’t even have a chance to go to seed.  Our purpose has all been for nothing.  We should have just remained in the dark earth and not even tried to shoot towards the sun.

Every crisis contains within it the seeds for transformation and growth

  – Jodie Gale

Then there is the whole going to seed part.  It is frightening.  We must completely fall apart.  All of the beautiful petals of our youth fall to the ground.  Our leaves turn brown and brittle and fall off.  The wind takes our precious seeds and just blows them away.  We don’t even get a say where they land.  Some landings will be on hard ground and the birds will eat us up.  But some will land in moist soil and falling into darkness they will start the germination process all over again.  The circle of life begins anew.

The heart is like a garden.  It can grow compassion, or fear, resentment or love.  What seeds will you plant there?

  – Jack Kornfield

When you have a good healthy discussion, the words used are like a seasoning.  They bring flavor to the ideas.  They change the texture of the meanings when they are used in new and different ways.  They expand our heart and mind.  They fall into the cracks and grow something new and unforeseen.  Words can be hot and spicy, or cool and watery.  Mellow words sooth and soften us.  They have the saying, “those are fighting words”.  Our words can cause us to run the entire string of the emotional scale.  What kind of words do you use?  Are they growing compassion or hatred? Fear or love?  Anger or resentment or are they conciliatory?

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.  The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.  To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

  – Cynthia Occelli

Life brings challenges to us.  Many times the worst thing that can happen, becomes the best thing that could have happened to us.  It sometimes takes us cracking, falling apart in total destruction for us to find the truth of who we really are.  To set us on the path that we are supposed to be on.  Today someone fell in love and someone lost the love of their life.  Today someone lived through an accident that should have killed them, and someone else didn’t wake up this morning because they died in their sleep.  Today someone made their parents proud and today someone crushed their parents hearts.  Today someone was healed from cancer and someone died from cancer.  Today could have been the best day of your life or the worst day of your life. 

You have seen my descent.  Now watch my rising.

  – Rumi

At some point the destruction hits us or misses us.  But take heart, because it isn’t really destruction.  When life buries us, remember that we are seeds.  We will rise back up out of the darkness.  We will shine again.  Like the ocean tide, we rise and we fall, and we rise again.  Where we are headed is much more important that what we are leaving behind us.  We keep growing, keep learning, and we try new things.  We are human, not perfect, but perfectly imperfect.  I am thankful to be alive and still moving to fulfill my dreams and my destiny.  I embrace life with grace and courage.  I see wishes floating on the breeze, parachuting into a new adventure!

What defines us, us how well we rise after falling.

  – Unknown

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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