“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
When I was a child, I always looked forward to May Day—it was one of my favorite days! In my Catholic grade school, it was tradition for the teachers to name one of us girls the “May Day” queen. The May Day queen would lead a procession around the statue of Mary in the garden, while wearing a crown of flowers on her head.
There were so many reasons I loved this day, but honestly, a really big reason was that crown of flowers! Flowers have a way of making everything feel even more special. So, on this May Day, let’s celebrate springtime by taking a look at a few valuable life lessons from the beautiful flowers that brighten our world.
When we look to nature for guidance with just the right perspective, we can find hidden messages, as well as bold statements, in nearly everything! Flowers, especially, with their bright, bold colors have much to teach us. Isn’t it interesting that flowers are a lot like people? They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, fragrances, and colors, just like us!
Let’s take a look at these 4 ways to be like a flower, and begin budding—so that we can unfold our beauty into the world:
- Take your time, but have a plan. A bud develops naturally with the purpose of someday blossoming into a flower. This is done with an intentional order and an inner knowing that nature has set it on its current path to fulfill its purpose in the world.
- Be daring. Opening up to the world to show what you are made of—petals and all—can feel a bit risky. But if a flower chose to remain a bud for its lifetime, it would never get to experience the wonders of the natural world or share its fragrance in a way that draws others to it.
- Be authentically you. A flower is not a certain way because it is called a daisy or a tulip or a daffodil. Flowers are authentically themselves no matter what they are called. This reminds me of William Shakespeare’s saying, “A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” This is a great life lesson: our authentic selves are not subject to labels, so why try to be a daisy if we are daffodils? Instead, let us rejoice in who we are.
- Live with purpose. A flower has a season, and during that season, it lives its life as fully as it can, carrying out its purpose of simply being a flower and all that entails. Some flowers decorate tables, some get distilled down into their oils, some return to the earth, and some provide nourishment. Whatever the case may be, the simple purpose of a flower is to bring itself into the world and live its life as best as it can.
Keeping these 4 lessons of the flower in mind can inspire us to have a renewed perspective on the beauty of just being ourselves fully and brilliantly for the season of our lives.