I had a different post planned for today but after all the horrific events of this week from Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to the Dallas Police Officers, it hardly seems right to post a silly little something. But I do want to post some cheerful photos of some of my favorite flowers from the garden. Perhaps this is just something I am doing for myself, so that I can remember that the world is full of goodness and beauty and simplicity. Or maybe you need that reminder today, too.
While there are bad eggs in every group in life, I choose to believe that most humans are good. We all have mostly good thoughts and send out mostly good wishes into the universe. There is more good in the world...I refuse to believe differently. And these candy-colored flowers are a simple, personal reminder that the world is full of loveliness.
I live in an urban city that is beautiful but has a lot of need still for love and restoration. Some days, seeing these pops of color are just what the soul needs to keep plugging away at life.
I think there are a lot of lessons that can come from these simple flowers. I bought the seeds from Baker Creek (my favorite!) in January and they just sat there taunting me for months. I planted them in late April. Replanted them two more times after the squirrels dug them up and ate them. Waited for ages to finally see them germinate and had to add more seeds again thanks to the ridiculousness of city squirrels. And just this past week, the first week of July, they started to bloom like nature's most spectacular fireworks display. But I had faith in January that patience and persistence and consistent effort would pay off in the long run.
Listen, in no way do I think I have solved world peace with a few packets of seeds. But we all have to start somewhere to put a little more joy and goodness and positivity into our worlds. For me, it often begins in my garden.
May we all find a way to add more peace and love to the landscape of our little worlds in the hope that it makes our big world that much better.