Fields of gold….this is what they look like where I live. Aren’t they spectacular? And don’t they go so well with a wide blue sky?
The first year I came to live here I kept driving past them thinking, must stop and take a photo sometime, but, somehow, I always had something more important to do. “I’ll catch them next time I pass by” I thought. But I didn’t. And when finally I decided to make a special trip out to photograph them, they were gone. Or almost. Heads down and turning brown. Just didn’t have the same appeal. So I missed them. Didn’t take long to miss them. It turns out they don’t look like this for very long.
I learned that lesson.
So when this caught my eye recently……
….I pulled over and took a few photos.
As I stood looking out across the field up to the top of the hill I recalled the scene on the beach at dawn in the movie, “City of Angels”, and I thought, “How amazing that this field of little seeds transforms into a carpet of tall green stalks and leaves, which, one day (or at least it seems to happen in one day), the sun comes up and these glorious golden flowers unfold to greet it, bathing their petals in its rays which warm their rich, abundant crops of seeds.”
How flower like.
I believe we are here to live like that. To flourish. To reach up, unfold, respond to the sun, the rain, and the wind. To emerge and to engage with a full becoming….becoming the unique and singular creatures which we are, and to express our uniqueness in full awareness of our communion with the rest of nature.
There are terrible stories around just now. Stories of acts of cowardice and killing. How are we to respond to them?
With fear? Closing down? Making our lives smaller?
Or with LIFE? Opening up, living our lives to the full?
Maybe I can learn from the sunflowers. Maybe I can stand up, radiate with the beauty of the life force which surges through me. And flourish.
Let me use that astonishing capacity which I share with all human beings – the ability to make conscious choices.
I choose to relish this moment, this day, this present, because if I put it off, I might miss living altogether.
I choose love instead of hate.
I choose to create instead of destroying.
I choose to be grateful for this “one wild and precious life“.
I choose to share my delight.