The Unbending Faith of The Sunflower
If you clicked into my Mid-Week Photo Perk on My Blog Site 8/19/20, you were able to see some evening photos I took at Stokoe Farms, NY this month. This trip left me wondering...what are all these Buds looking at? If you notice the vast majority of these Blossoms are all facing the same direction, away from the sun. Puzzled, it left me needing to do some research since I always believed that Sunflower Blossoms followed the Sun. On this night it seemed to me that the Blossoms were turning their backs on the Sun as the Sun was setting. Are they in protest.. maybe it is a silent protest, a peaceful protest. Stand by Folks, I am going to Google for some answers. Okay, I am back. I truly learned alot. In a nutshell, Sunflowers are human. Well, maybe not truly, but their life cycle behavior mirrors our own! What I am about to share with you is quite fascinating. It is how the Sunflower's life mirrors our own as we age and with great purpose. It turns out Sunflowers have an internal life clock. The young Sunflowers pop out of their soil beds each morning and say "Hello" to the Sun. Throughout the day as the Sun moves, the young Buds follow the Sun in the sky gaining strength so they may become mature Buds. Much like young children who need Sun to flourish and are eager to greet the day. An interesting thing happens when Sunflowers reach adulthood, they stop following the Sun. They have work to do. In the morning they react strongly to the Sun. As the day rolls on their movement with the Sun slows down. Yep, I get it Mr. and Mrs. Sunflower..sometimes we Adults slow down a little as the day wanes on. When you are working hard and the heat is upon you, it can slow one down a bit. What is their job you may wonder...pollination. Those big mature Buds create alot of heat and the bees just love all that heat and are attracted to the Buds for Pollination. Too bad the adult Sunflowers didn't have the ability to take a mid-day nap. I find that helps keep me moving with the Sun. So I am glad to know all of this because I hate to think of such a beautiful blossom like the Sunflower being unhappy and organizing a protest against the Sun. The thing that is magical about the Sunflower is that as it matures it becomes so beautiful and as it fades it leaves behind tiny seeds for rebirth. A legacy and lesson for future generations, just like people. Spiritually Sunflowers represent worship and faithfulness, always seeking truth and light. Faith is a powerful thing. Faith that the Sun will rise each day and if we work hard hopefully it will bring us a life of light and purpose. A lesson to be taken from The Sunflower. So as your life matures do not bend. Keep your stalk strong like a Sunflower. Great each day with eager anticipation and serve a purpose that will bring you and other happiness.
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