Heartwings Love Notes 147 Blooming Where You Are Planted
Heartwings says, “Being different is sometimes difficult yet it is also a blessing for those who are willing to stand out.”
Once upon a time a lovely patch of petunias grew in a pretty garden. The petunias were happy together. They were proud of their bright pink and purple colors and their sweet smell. They enjoyed their soft, fuzzy stems. A petunia, they thought, must surely be the best of all possible flowers.
One day a bird dropped a sunflower seed into the petunia patch. Finding the soil warm and moist, the seed quickly absorbed some moisture and began to send rootlets into the soil. The petunias weren’t even aware it was there. As it felt the urge to reach for the sun, the sunflower seed sent up a green shoot with two little leaves.
The two little leaves became four, and the stalk grew taller still. It reached harder for the sun, growing up through the petunias until it was a little taller than they were. They noticed it. “What is that doing here?” One remarked. “It’s not like us at all,” said another. “Who invited you?” said a third. “No one,” the sunflower said, smiling her big sunny smile. “I just grew here.”
“Well, you don’t belong,” said a big pink petunia huffily, and all the petunias chattered among themselves about “the stranger” and even “the intruder.” The sunflower simply went on growing and pretty soon she was so far above the petunia patch she couldn’t hear what they were saying. She had the sun for her friend, and as she blossomed, the insects that came to her petals.
The sunflower forgot all about the petunias and they ignored her. One day her seeds ripened and grew heavy. The sunflower began to bow her head and once again she could see the petunias. By then they had grown faded and bedraggled; she felt a bit sad for them. Yet as the birds fed on her seeds, the sunflower rejoiced. “It does not matter,” said her friend the sun, “where you are planted; the important thing is to blossom.”
May you find joy where you are planted and may your blossoming bring joy to others.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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