Last month I walked out of the building I work at and thought it was snowing…in June! Ok, snow in June might be likely in Nova Scotia, but definitely not something that happens in Ontario. The weather was warm…way too warm for snow. After my brain attempted to interpret what Mother Nature was up to now, I finally realized what was happening and couldn’t help but smile.
Remember the lovely fields of dandelions? Those flamboyant yellow “weeds” that were covering all untended lawns? Well, the transformation happened. They went from the pretty yellow, bloomed flowers to the airborne plethora of wishes. The sky was full of them.
I have a unique perspective on life. I oftentimes see the world with a different lens than most others do. I try to find the good in all around. Sometimes it’s hard work as I need to really try and re-focus my thoughts. We are taught and trained to think a certain way. It is through experience that we gain knowledge. It is also how we learn to find our own uniqueness in this world of ours. Just like the dandelions.
As children we are taught about the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan. We are taught about creepy fuzzy caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies. So I say…why can’t the glorious bright yellow dandelion finally join the ranks of the transformed: ugly to beautiful? Then again, maybe they shouldn’t be part of that group. In my opinion, they don’t really have an ugly phase. We can learn a lot from the dandelion.
SELF-LOVE. Dandelions don’t know they are “weeds” and are a scourge to be decimated. They believe they are pretty and they stay nicely rooted and happily populate the world with other happy “flowers” of their kind. So, be a dandelion. Believe you are beautiful no matter what anyone else thinks. Spread your happiness around. Hang out with other happy people.
KEEP CHANGING. The dandelion has the ability to reinvent itself. It starts off nice and pretty and yellow. It stays like that for quite a few days. After it’s done sharing its sunny yellowness, the dandelion will dry up into a little round puff ball. Not only that, but the puff ball is actually composed of seeds. So, when that puff ball breaks apart, all the little seeds go parachuting to new areas and the circle of life begins again. How absolutely fantastic is that?! So, be a dandelion. Don’t like what is happening in your life? You can change it. You have so many ideas about what you would like to do in your life and each idea is like a dandelion seed. Plant those seeds and see what blooms.
HAVE FUN. I like to believe that dandelions love when kids come and blow the dandelion seeds and chanting wishes as they do this. There is something about watching that puffball fly through the air, riding the ribbon of wind that will carry it up to the final wish granter. Be a dandelion. Don’t take life too seriously and have some fun. Do something silly. Believe that wishes can come true.
YOU AFFECT THE FUTURE. Dandelions…those wonderful yellow blossoms, become puffballs. The original flower is gone, but from the seeds of that original flower become the beginnings of new flowers. Be a dandelion. Remember that you do affect future generations. Everything you do on this earth will somehow affect this earthy world of ours. You, though you do not feel very important, are magnanimous! You are an incredible being and you do matter. Your life is important and valuable and you do affect others. It might be some small thing you do one day, but that seed will carry on and become the birth of another person, another idea, another thought.
After observing the whitened sky, I smiled. It was a happy, contented, joyful smile. Life is grand. I know I’m a small piece in this puzzle of life, the size of a minute bug, but I know I’m vital in this world. I also know that this world is an incredible place to be if we would just but take the time to look at our surroundings and appreciate all the incredible things that surround us. Remember to look at the world with childlike wonder. Remember what it was like when you saw these things for the first time. Remember what it felt like when you used to make wishes on dandelion puff balls. The magic lived in that “real” world then, and you can bring it back now.
So, all you green grass lovers and landscapers out there, I would like to invite you to join my world. In my world, you can escape the minutia of the mundane plots of square manicured lawns. You don’t need to pamper and water that greenery. In my world, you can run through the bright yellow fields of dandelions. And once they become seeded wonders, then race through that field again and watch the sky turn white as snow. You can wish and wish and wish over and over again as you watch the puffs float freely and unencumbered toward the sky … a reminder that you should free yourself of unhappy thoughts and just let them float up far, far away from you. When all you are left with are the happy thoughts, use those carefree, happy seeds to plant your new ideas and start growing this wonderful new life you are going to lead.
All I can say is…Be a Dandelion.