Zinnias are filled with rich metaphors, bringing out the best in humanity.
The Zinnia grows in every size and comes in a wide array of vibrant colors, much like human beings do. In Zen culture, the Zinnia represents joy, the slice of life that so many of us seem to be missing.
Have you ever considered the power of one little Zinnia seed? Each seed produces a multitude of flowers. And each of those flowers produce a multitude of seeds, propagating over and over again. What would that look like in your life? Consider what it would look like to embrace the idea that a seed was planted in you by our Creator. And if allowed, that seed would produce an entire harvest of blooms for a specific purpose and passion?
What keeps us from connecting with our purpose?
Most of us were never encouraged to identify the purpose planted inside us. Instead, we looked outward for approval, afraid of being kicked out of the ‘tribe’ if we don’t fit in. The voice in our head’s job is to keep us playing small and stay safe so we wouldn’t be rejected. This fear robs us of our joy. I love the acronym for FEAR, False Evidence Appearing Real and Forgetting Every Available Resource. See we are each here ON purpose, but we have to be open to the quest. By choosing to live on purpose, we grow seeds of joy, not just in our life but in the lives of those around us. And the route to joy is inevitably through self-acceptance, faith, curiosity and love.
There is something powerful about the decision to give ourselves permission to be just as we are. To stop and contemplate the soil we were planted in, the quality of the water we received and sunlight we were privy to, or not, while growing up. Reconnect with the flame that was planted in us. To rid ourselves of the weeds, disguising themselves as resentment and regret. Uncover and fall in love with who we came here to be. And then to follow that thirst for joy and see where it goes.
What do you thirst for?
It is different for everyone. Most of us don’t give ourselves permission to discover, more less quench that thirst. We turn to substitutes that fill the void sort of but don’t really fulfill us.
But when you are on purpose, living for what you thirst for, the world opens up and delivers what will quench that thirst. Imagine a world where we all live on purpose, quenching our individual thirsts that our SPIRITS long for.
Let this be the year YOU step into living on purpose. If you’re not sure how, start by planting Seeds of Joy, Growing Zinnias and YOUR Zest for life!
Cheri Neal is the author of Seeds of Joy, Growing Zinnias and Your Zest for Life and the owner of Candid Coaching and Conversations. Audiences describe Cheri as: Very interesting – great speaker – kept my interest – one of the best presentations I have been to – love her energy and enthusiasm! – her passion shows through and she is a pleasure to listen to – she’s great and funny – really draws this crowd’s attention.