Great Emailed Story
November 2, 2007 3:00am CST
Stand Tall Like The Sunflower by Tony Masiello I find it humorous sometimes that even the most mundane occurrences can have an impact on our awareness. My wife, daughter, and I moved into our home nine years ago and we spent a lot of time and energy in the yard to get it looking like it does today. We live on a corner, higher than street level, and the entire side of the yard is encased by a professionally built rock wall. The front of the house though is another story because instead of a wall along the sidewalk the rocks appear to be just thrown up onto the dirt as if someone were in a hurry to finish. We did the best we could with what we had to work with and called this area our 'rock garden'. Whenever we had left over flowers or plants, Denise or I would stick them out front, just to bring some color to the area. I still do all of my own yard work, even the dreaded weed-pulling. After putting on my knee pads I assume the position to clear the yard of weeds, even in the rock garden. Last summer I had reached the end of the rock garden and found a tiny little plant that I could not immediately identify. I knew I didn't plant it and Denise claimed that she didn't either. We decided to let it continue growing until we could figure out what it was. Weeks passed and as I made my way back to the mystery plant, it appeared to be a Sunflower. It was spindly looking with a tall skinny stalk and only one head on it. I decided to baby it along and weed around it. As I pulled rocks from the area to get to the weeds, I noticed something unusual. The Sunflower had not started where I saw the stalk begin. It actually had begun under a big rock and grown under and around it to reach the sun. That's when I realized that if a tiny little Sunflower didn't let a big rock stand in its way of developing, we too have the capability of doing the same thing. Once our environment begins to see that we believe in ourselves like that little Sunflower, we can attain the same nourishment and nurturing as well. First, we need to believe in ourselves knowing we have the capabilities in achieving our desires. Like the Sunflower, it knew it had the capability to overcome its obstacle because it trusted in the Universal Truth and had faith it would succeed. Stand tall like the Sunflower and be proud of who and what you are and the environment will begin to support you. You will find a way to go under or around your big obstacle in order to reach your desires. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tony Masiello is an author, and intuitive consultant. He is the author of the e-book, Whispers from the Universe, which is a collection of writings that will help you, motivate you, inspire you and guide you along the inner path of your life. For more information or to contact Tony go to his website: www.universalinsight.com
2 Nov 07
my dear, you have just given me a wake up call. Over the last few months I have been lamenting the fact that I can't get my studies done, now, I am going to look at this other place I've found and get enrolled! If that plant can overcome a big rock, then I can over come the obstacles I feel my family put up, and get on with my studies. Thank you. I now know that my thinking has been wrong all along, and that I was the one who put the 'rock' there to begin with.
• United States
4 Nov 07
I want you to know that I can relate to this story. I am planning on hopefully being able to open my own daycare sometime next year. This has been a dream of mine for a few years now. I have started to do it twice, and never got around to finishing what I was starting. I really want to do this daycare and I know I can't let anything get in my way. I'm like a sunflower, Rozie. I'm trying to get around obstacles and reach toward the sun.
5 Nov 07
Great, I think that is wonderful. You would do a really good job with the kids and parents. Just remember one thing, make sure you really get to know the people that you hire as teachers, because they will represent you. My sister works for a day care and I have heard some real nightmare stories.
• United States
4 Nov 07
You know, I needed to read something like this - I have been umming and aaring about getting a part time job and am very nervous going back to the workforce, especially for the first time in USA. This has given me some encouragement and I thank you for that Rozie, for sharing this with us :):)
4 Nov 07
I can understand how you feel, but I can not imagine it. I have never moved to a different country and attempted to make a living. You were pretty brave in coming out here in the first place. So I know that you have what it takes to make it. I remember when my sister went back to work. She stayed at home with the triplets for seven years. The last few, she went back to school to become a teacher. When she first went back to work, I could feel the tension over the phone when she would call me and tell me how her day went. But, she hung in there and it was well worth it for her. She now has a lot more financial freedom and her husband has put her in charge of all of the household money. Thank God, because he was not good with that at all.