Although most people I know think of them as 100% nuisance and pest to Daughter Number 2 dandelions have always symbolized wishes. When our lawn would get a little out of hand in the summer, and the dandelions were more prevalent than anything else, she would always exclaim, ‘look at all of the wishes’~. Yesterday she started her Senior year at the University of Kansas. As she finishes this chapter and looks toward a new journey in her life, I wonder if any of those dandelion wishes were the results of her hours of blowing the fluffy white seeds. I know that her dedication and hard work has brought her this far and will take her farther; her dandelion wishes didn’t hurt.
Another reason I chose to write about dandelions is because, whether you like them or not, dandelions are one of the most successful plants in existence. They have been around for more than a thousand years, and their uses have been chronicled by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greek and Chinese. These plants are masters of survival.
Also, as unassuming as these ‘pests’ are, they have so many positive attributes that go mostly unnoticed. Dandelions are still used to help remove toxins from the liver, gall bladder, and bloodstream and as a diuretic.
The survival skills of the dandelion are related to the following properties: They can take root in places that seem little short of miraculous, like through gravel and cement. They are impossible to get rid of not just because they are fast growers, but they are also long-lived. Their growth cycle from bud to seed is a mere matter of days. They spread their seeds for miles on the gentlest of breezes. The longevity aspect is also testament to their survival. An individual dandelion plant can live for years. The dandelion root sinks deeper over the years, and can go down 15 feet. Also, the root clones when divided; a one-inch bit of dandelion root can grow a whole new dandelion.
For us, reaching for the fruits of our success, survival skills are necessary. We need to emulate the dandelions ability to grow fast, last for a long time, and sink our roots deeply into our ‘what’. Oh, and we also need to remember to make wishes from time to time!
Today’s Challenge: Work on your survival skills, and take time to wish!
No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos. ~ D.H. Lawrence