I've been smitten with dandelions ever since I can remember. This little weed, she inspires me. Her determination to thrive in any condition, to bloom wherever she is planted, speaks to me.
We are living in wild times. We have to decide if we are going to bloom or whither. Nature teaches us how to be resilient, how to thrive in storms and come back from fires. How to bloom on our own. We are more resilient than we know.
I love dandelions because of their feisty spirits. When I start to wobble...and of course I do wobble, slump and grieve....and then I think: "Be a Dandelion Denise".
The wisdom of Dandelion
My tap root runs deep. It is strong. When I need nourishment or water I dig deep into the earth.
Try to pull me up...my root may snap, but that is only temporary. Before long I will be blooming again ... stronger, brighter, more joyfully.
My roots are medicinal, I am meant to heal
My leaves are nourishing, I am food
My flower is bright yellow. I bring joy
I'm the first to bloom in the spring and one of the last to bloom into winter. If I get planted in tall grass, I will shoot my blooms up high so I can see. I will explode thousands of seeds. I have faith at least one will find soil.
Not everyone understands my value. By most, I'm considered a weed and yet I don't mind. I continue to multiply and grow despite the effort to quiet me. I don't need much to bloom. You can find me growing in unlikely places. I grow in ditches. I bloom on freeway walls...with nothing to hang onto but a handful of dirt...I will bloom no matter where I find myself. It is my gift.
I'm a determined and feisty soul. I am who I am, and I like my spirit. I will thrive in any climate, any season, any location. I am tender and strong. I am bouquets of love given by tiny hands.
I am the definition of resiliency. I am medicine. I am nourishment. I am spirited. I am beautiful. I am bright, I am happy. I am authentically me. I am a dandelion.
This is what I think when I need to dig in deep and bloom... in uncertain times ... let your roots dig in deep, your spirit bloom. Don't ask permission or wait for the perfect conditions.
We have one life and this is it! Let's bloom where we are planted! Be a dandelion! Be whatever you need to be...listen to your heart, your spirit, your joy. Let's find ways to thrive, re-create, to connect, bloom, grow, share. We all have it in us. That feisty, wild spirit... this spirit we need to listen to. The world needs our blooms!
No matter what the world is doing, in spite what is going on around us- bloom!
Denise...I'm digging in right next to you!