It is funny the vast array of people here on WordPress. It is almost like a garden…
Some people are like a cactus…They look dangerous. They really can be dangerous if you get to know them the wrong way. On the other hand, they can produce some of the most beautiful works of art you may have ever seen, and inside, where it really counts, they can have life saving qualities. A bitter-sweet mix of pain and joy, that can save you when you are thirsting for depth and healing.
Some people are a little more like morning glories. These people come into your life suddenly, often without warning. They cling to you, but it doesn’t feel like clinging. They just weave their life in with yours, producing flowers along the way…sharing their beauty with you. Often the flowers they produce don’t like to remain open all day, and begin to curl back into themselves after a few beautiful hours. Although these plants can be wonderful, they can also overtake some of the other flowers you would like to have in your garden. Occasional pruning may be necessary, but you shouldn’t cut them off completely…they just love too much and want to be everywhere you allow them to be. Just guide them to areas you don’t mind them overwhelming.
Another flower that you may find is a gladiolus. When we moved into this house, we discovered these flowers. The funny thing about them is that they look like grass…really tall grass at first. You might even be tempted to discount them or cut them off, but that would be such a mistake because they produce some of the most beautiful flowers. In the midst of the “grass” a sort of stem sprouts up, and soon it opens into many beautiful flowers. Another wonderful thing about these is that their flowers are wonderful cut flowers too. The people and flowers are of incredible value, although maybe at first you didn’t notice. They are beautiful and they occasionally produce something so lovely, it almost takes you breath away. They then give it, a piece of themselves, to you…to take some of their beauty into your home…giving of themselves to bring happiness to those who might not be able to seek them out.Another amazing flower is the viola, some call the one I am referring to, a Jonny Jump Up. It has been given that nickname because it can spread rapidly, and produces these beautiful little flowers along the way. There are several wonderful qualities about this plant. The one that brought it to my attention first was its supposed medicinal qualities. My son battled eczema when he was younger. It has gotten a lot better, but he still has a few problems with it. These flowers can be used to produce a salve that is supposed to help with this condition. They also are known to help with other health concerns, like epilepsy and asthma, and have some properties that could be used in the future to help treat cancer. The plant especially the flower has antioxidants and is edible and a beautiful addition to a salad. All in all, a beautifully useful person that seems to be everywhere you need him/her to be.Most of us are pretty familiar with the wonderful sunflower. These plants can be heart-stopping all on their own, but when they are in a field, well, that is the definition of beauty. When sunflowers are young, their heads follow the sun. As they get a little older, their face remains stable, but the laughter and fun is evident in them. These flowers are also great to have, so beautiful, and they have many helpful qualities as well. Another amazing thing about sunflowers is their ability to grow so tall. Sometimes these flowers, and people can give you strength, help you to have a good sense of direction, and show you how to rise above your circumstances.Oh yes, and the wildflowers, so many different colors, shapes, sizes. Some bloom early, and some late. Sometimes you think you found a weed, and it is a wonderful surprise when it turns into something beautiful.I could go on, but maybe another day. I should say that some things masquerade as flowers just to get into your garden. Maybe without you even realizing they were a problem. I had a brilliant idea of allowing some weeds to spread in between the rocks in our back garden area. I suppose you all can guess how that ended. Just be careful what you allow to creep around the garden of your life. Metaphorically speaking of course.