The sunflower wasn’t happy so I asked her what she needed. Then, after quietening my mind, I listened. She said that she needed a bigger pot and fresh compost. I gave her what she asked for but a few days later noticed that she still looked sad. Again, I asked her what she needed and waited for her response. She told me that she needed to feel the sun on her face. I realised that I had put her in a position in the shade of some conifers. I had placed her by some trellis that I thought would support her as she grew. I had realised that she was in the shade at the time but reasoned that she only had to grow a few more inches before she would be in the sunshine. However, she was still young and vulnerable and she couldn’t see the sunshine. She felt she had no hope. I moved her to a sunnier position to encourage and nurture her. Within a couple of days, she started to thrive and when she has outgrown the conifers I will be able to move her back to the support of the trellis where she will still feel the warmth of the sun on her flowers.
Isn’t this true of humans sometimes too? Sometimes we give up because we can’t see the sunshine or the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe we are in someone else’s shadow, or maybe we just need a bit of nurturing to reach our full potential.