My oldest niece sent me a quote that said, “In a world full of roses be a sunflower.” She followed it up with, “This made me think of you.” I simply replied, “I’d like to think so.” That response I gave her was a true response. I honestly want to be a sunflower, but at first I couldn’t put my finger on as to why, so I’ve been processing the material for this blog for awhile now and now I think I have figured it out.
I am not an expert on flowers, so let me get that out of the way. However, when I think about a rose, I have never seen one grow and stand on its own. I have always seen them on a bush. Roses are beautiful and popular and wanted, man, so many people want them. I mean, roses are the most delivered flower on Valentines Day. So why would I want to be a sunflower? To me, sunflowers are down to earth, bright like the sun (I love the sun), strong, and independent It can stand alone or it can grow with others. I planted several sunflowers last year, and after they die, they are to be pulled up by the root. Have you ever try to pull a 6 t0 7 foot sunflower up by it’s root? Let me tell you, they are strong. Sunflowers have all the qualities I want to have, but there is more.
In looking up some information about sunflowers, I stumbled on some information about Chernobyl. According to shesaidsunflower.com, Are Sunflowers Weeds? Wildflowers? Or Plants? fields of sunflowers were planted after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. They were planted to soak up radiation and clean the soil. Pamela Anne, in this same article said, “If they are a weed, then they’re a weed we need.” Sit back a minute and think about the fact that sunflowers were planted to clean the soil after a nuclear accident. Again, strength.
Yes, I understand that sunflowers aren’t for everyone. Many look at a sunflower and think it’s a wildflower, and that’s okay because I tend to think I’m a wild soul that can’t be tamed, but my purpose is a good one. I’m okay that many will pick the rose over me, but when someone chooses me, the sunflower, you can bet you’ve chosen correctly. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Maybe you view me as a weed, but again, I have so many virtues and when you take the time to see them, you will not want a rose ever again.
It’s okay if you want to be a rose. It’s okay to be anything you want to be, but me, I’ll be a sunflower, bright, strong, reliable, and independent.
PS. I do love sunflowers, but they aren’t my favorite flower. My favorite flower is the tropical flower, hibiscus but the sunflower just fits me.