Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When You Feel Like a Droopy Sunflower

Sunflowers are beautiful, but they can be a little temperamental. My friend Beth and I went to check out a sunflower field near Springfield, MO this weekend and we were amazed at how big this field was — it felt like it went on for an eternity. We were also a little bummed that the sunflowers weren't quite "in the mood" to have their photos taken that day. There are very specific items required for sunflowers to thrive, and if you catch them on an "off" day, well — just remember they're growing.

Ever feel like a droopy sunflower? I sure do sometimes! Here's 3 things to keep in mind:

Face the Light — Growing sunflowers do this really interesting thing: They move throughout the day, so they're always facing the sun. Of course, there's a scientific explanation for it, but I think we can apply this to our lives. In a season of growth? Make time to face the light. This may mean canceling all plans to have coffee with a friend, exercising, practicing gratitude, or something else entirely. You know what gives you life, and when you're feeling droopy, prioritize those things.

Not Your Season — Just being honest, not every season is going to bring you as much life as look-at-me sunflowers in early August. And that's ok! That's what growth is all about. When you're needing more encouragement from family and friends, don't be afraid to ask. And when you're not in season but another sunflower is, celebrate those who thrive. You'll be back in season before you know it.

Sunflower Seeds — Health people rave about the benefits of sunflower seeds. And it's crazy when you think of it; that a nearly 16-foot tall plant produces seeds that are not even an ounce, but those itty-bitty seeds are like gold. Even droopy sunflowers produce seeds, so when you're feeling like a giant stalk, too-awkward-for-your-field hanging around with your head down, find those pieces of gold inside you, and share 'em with the world.

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