Word Wednesday: Sunflower

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Advice from a sunflower:

"Be bright, sunny and positive.  Spread seeds of happiness.  Rise shine and hold your head high."


I recently saw the following post on Facebook and was very touched by it. I'm sorry I can't find it again to give credit to its original author, but he encouraged us to share, so here it is.

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"Last night I bought a sunflower to put on the windshield of someone I'm smitten with. After some consideration, 
I decided not to since we had only been on one date, the night previous. Don't want to come off too strong, right? Anyway, I grabbed the flower on my way out this morning with the intention to give it to someone on my way to work so it didn't die alone. What happened next has left me changed in ways I don't even have words for yet.

While I was sitting and drinking my morning joe at the coffee shop (which I typically take to go), I saw a woman reading something with tears quietly and quickly sliding down her pale face. It was like there was a magnet in the sunflower that was being drawn to her, because I knew in that moment she was who I was going to give the sunflower to; she was who I had to give it to.

When I got to her table I said, "hey, pardon me. I have this sunflower that I was hoping to give to someone special and that someone I had in mind didn't work out, but I can feel that you're special too, so I want you to have it."

Before I could even hand her the sunflower, this complete stranger flew into my arms with tears flowing, and gratitude spewing, as if I was someone she once loved and lost. It's what she said next that I'm still trying to grip.

She was crying because her fiancé had died the week before, just months before they were going to get married. On their first date he brought her a sunflower and from then on, got her sunflowers, never roses, because she was the light of his life.

Today, through me, he was able to show her that she'll always be the light of his life and how we as humans have a message to carry that goes far beyond words.

I'm shaken, awaken and feeling raw. You never know how much a simple gesture of giving someone a $5 flower will change their life, as well as yours. Life is about giving and being of service to others. I challenge you all to find a way to make someone else's life just a little bit brighter today and be of service. You never know the impact you could have.

Please feel free to share this, and a little extra love.

I dare you do the same and give a sunflower to someone you don't know. Be a part of the good; be a part of the #sunflowerchallenge."

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I don't know about you, but this gives me a renewed sense of random acts of kindness.

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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray ,
It sure touched my heart!

Aug 29, 2018 07:37 AM #9
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Carol Williams
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Me too Kat Palmiotti . How can anyone read something like this and not be touched by it?

Aug 29, 2018 07:38 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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That is so true, Dorie Dillard .  Give and ye shall receive.

Aug 29, 2018 07:39 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Me too Gita Bantwal !  How can anyone not be touched by this story? 

Aug 29, 2018 07:39 AM #12
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Carol Williams
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Hi Wayne Martin .  Sometimes we are guided by mysterious forces, aren't we?

Aug 29, 2018 07:40 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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That is absolutely true Nina Hollander . The smallest act of kindness can be a BIG deal to someone in need or hurting.

Aug 29, 2018 07:41 AM #14
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
Who could read a story like this and not be touched, right?  Sometimes we are just guided to do something without knowing why.

Aug 29, 2018 07:46 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
And the photo was so perfect for that quote.  I took the picture when I was back in the Midwest a few years ago.  I knew it would come in handy some day.  LOL

Aug 29, 2018 07:47 AM #16
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What a lovely story. It's amazing how powerful these small acts can be when given at just the right time. I too love sunflowers and appreciate the photo and the message. Happy day to you, Carol. D 

Aug 29, 2018 07:50 AM #17
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Sharon Tara
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Well it brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful message.

Aug 29, 2018 08:27 AM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Carol,

What a beautiful story!   We both love sunflowers, and I have fond memories driving by fields of sunflowers in Europe.  A

Aug 29, 2018 08:33 AM #19
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,
I took that photo in Kansas a few years back.  It seemed the perfect picture for today's post.  Happy Wednesday!

Aug 29, 2018 09:12 AM #20
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Carol Williams
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Mine too, Sharon Tara !

Aug 29, 2018 09:12 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,
I took that picture when I was in the midwest a few years ago.  My friend and I went on a drive to Kansas specifically looking for sunflower fields.  It was the perfect photo for today's post.

Aug 29, 2018 09:14 AM #22
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Hello Carol, You just never know but being kind to others could make someone day and you did good.

Aug 29, 2018 11:26 AM #23
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Wow ... powerful share, Carol Williams.  I believe something lead you to it to share with us today ...

Gene 

Aug 29, 2018 11:58 AM #24
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Carol Williams
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Thanks, Will Hamm . I don't think we realize how much a small act of kindness can make such a difference in someone's life.  

Aug 29, 2018 12:04 PM #25
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Carol Williams
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Hi Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi ,
When I read the story I was definitely compelled to share!  Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Aug 29, 2018 12:05 PM #26
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What seems like a simple gesture to us can certainly mean a lot more to others.

Aug 29, 2018 01:58 PM #27
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And, THIS is why we should all have a giving heart, Carol! I absolutely love this story and it so exemplifies that we never know what is going on in someone's life. These small acts of kindness can mean so much more than their 'value' to us. To me, the real value is in improving or changing ones life - or day - or hour!

Sep 03, 2018 12:03 PM #28
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