Saturday, July 10, 2021

Slowdown… and See

not-quite Journaling, 16

the poetry:

Slowdown…
let go
of useless guilt—
taking time to see life
blooming and buzzing,
does not make a heart
careless
or heartless or
less
aware of the world; but
watching Nature grow
natural things
can lift body and soul.

Never be too busy
to smile;

always remember that
(for a moment)

in the tiniest garden,
an explosion of sun-
flowers can brighten
the gloom threatening
to shadow the world.


and the inspiration:

7/5/2021: An explosion of sun-
                                                                                                flowers!

7/8/2021: It’s true (smiles are free therapy we can share); so, let us smile as often as we can.

7/10/2021: The seeds that bloomed these lovely specimens were a gift from a friend. Each sunflower has been a surprise. The first was the shade of yellow most of us associate with sunflowers. The second one has a yellow base, but the petals look like Nature took her favorite brush (and red paint) and had some fun. I really like the effect.


more photos
HERE


- for Poets and Storytellers United--Writers’ Pantry #78: Cover Me.

35 comments:

  1. That's just beautiful the poem and the sunflowers Both brighten the gloom

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  2. Oh yes, why not delight in the 'blooming and buzzing' when we can! Really, what is the point of being here otherwise? The problems won't go away if we take a moment to contemplate something beautiful and pleasurable – but the contemplating may give us renewed strength. (Which is what your poem says better.) Thanks for sharing, and giving us the chance to contemplate your sunflowers too.

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    1. So very true! "The problems won't go away if we take a moment to contemplate something beautiful and pleasurable". And acknowledging that all isn't bad can make things so much better.

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  3. What a delightful garden you have. The flowers must be happy you like them.

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    1. Thank you, Robin. And I really hope they are happy.

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  4. To "smile as often as we can" indeed a vdry powerful inspiration

    Happy Sunday. Stay safe and creative

    Much💜love

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  5. The glory of your garden never fails to brighten my smile XXX

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    1. And the thought of you smiling makes me smile right back!

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    2. Smile circles--with a lot of teeth in them--are the best, aren't they? 😁

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  6. It's so easy to overlook the importance of slowdown time. After all, most of the world around us is set to warp speed. But I've yet to regret those moments of peace.

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    1. I think that "those moments of peace" are what keep us whole when we must match the "warp speed" of the rest of the world.

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  7. I smile reading and now am going out to the garden.

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    1. WoooHooo! I love it when smiles (and gardening) spread.

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  8. "Never be too busy
    to smile" that's one thing I missed when we wore masks... some people would and you could see their crinkled eyes but so many others wouldn't even look at each other.

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    1. I am a eye crinkler. And I found myself staring into people's eyes more intently, to see if they were smiling. Which might explain all the funny looks I got, lol!

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  9. that sunflower! it looks like a burst of sunlight! Nature has a way of surprising us.
    love your sunny poem today. great message. 🌞

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  10. So often our poems here dwell on doom and despair, but I know always I can come here for positive reinforcement, Magaly. You are a gem! I love the rebel sunflower, by the way!

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    1. On these days of turmoil, it makes me extra happy to know that my words brighten your day. So, thank you so much for letting me know, Bev.

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  11. Sunflowers brighten up any garden or any little plot of land actually!

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  12. Slow down
    Let go
    Never be too busy to smile

    An excellent reminder, thank you.

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  13. I am pleased you derive such pleasure from your lovely little garden More importantly you share it with others and make them happy too

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    1. Happiness (and blooms) are so much yummier when shared, aren't they?

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  14. How green and yellow is your garden and how beautiful the sunflowers. I'm glad I took the time to stop by because that meant I had time for a smile! :)

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  15. Such beautiful flowers! I like the poem, too, of course. Especially the "explosion of sunflowers."

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  16. Love!!!! Thanks for making me smile! Big Hugs!

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    1. You're so very welcome, my sweetest Stacy! 🤗

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