penguins & sunflowers.
Updated: Apr 4
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When a penguin finds the one he loves, he'll hand-pick the smoothest, most perfect pebble from the seashore to propose to his sweetheart. If the feeling is reciprocated, the pebble will be kept and used in the structure of a nest where the two will start their little penguin family together. After the nuptials, penguins keep the same mate (and keep wearing their tuxedos) for a lifetime.
While this penguin tradition is admittedly cute, I prefer another nature inspiration for how to love. One that seems a bit more sophisticated and realistic. Because you see, a mixed assortment of singing Disney flowers once told me, "You can learn a lot of things from the flowers" I believed them. So let's talk about how romantic sunflowers are.
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Sunflowers chase the sun. Literally. The scientific term for it is 'heliotropism.' It's the ability that allows a sunflower's bloom to move in the direction of the sun as it arcs across the sky from east to west. Continuously facing the sun allows them to receive the sunlight they need to grow.
Our partners should be willing to grow right next to us as we individually chase the sun, together. If they don't support your need to find light or allow you to follow the thing you need for personal growth then they're not your sunflower—they're more of a whoops-a-daisy and they've got to go.
Fortunately, there's more than one out there for us. After all, a couple of sunflowers isn't going to fill a field. Even though their roots run deep, sunnies are both perennial and annual. When seasons change, it's okay for us to start over in different ways.
So, go after what you want and grow, you'll notice who does the same. That's your sunflower.