Aren't they glorious?
I saw these
on a friends' wall
and, to me, they personified summer....
bright and brash!
The pinks were on the same wall
but somehow 'put in the shade' by the others!
They are still pretty
but what they lost in the 'wow factor'
they made up with their sweet fragrance!
I was thinking of the many times
that I had felt I was OK
only to be outshone by someone
who was more extrovert
shone more in the personality
or in the ability stakes
These poppies in my garden
look a different shape than conventional poppies
they never truly opened out......
as other poppies seem to
Close up aren't they beautiful
with the teardrops of rain making them shiny?
The honeysuckle in the hedge
so many blossoms..
which all look so ordinary and the same....
at night time
when the other, more brash and glitzy flowers,
cannot be seen..
they pervade the atmosphere with their
How about the abundant wild rose
who fill the hedgerows
and don't seem to have anything 'special'
going for them
when you spend a moment to stop and stare...
their delicate colour
and tender petals...
have such an, almost ethereal, beauty!?
Over these last few days
I've been thinking of how so many of us
put ourselves down...
We compare ourselves to others whom, we feel,
have beauty or abilities.....
are better in the workplace, or at home...
who seem to 'have it all'
....'be it all'.....
What I am trying to say is that each of us
has a special beauty...
all of our own...
Perhaps it shows up under pressure...
or 'at night' when others have given up and
can't be bothered!
But for those who stop
and take the time to get to know us
there are special abilities/strengths that
can make others' lives the richer!
In my years as a counsellor
I met so many women (in particular)
who didn't realise..
how special and gifted...
what a beautiful fragrance..
they brought into the world of those around them.
In other words
they didn't value themselves...their abilities
stop for a moment and think of those
who have brought a fragrance into your life
and drop them a card
or make a short phone call.
What a light and joy
you will bring into the lives...
of other beautiful people who may be going
through a difficult time but hiding
it deep inside.
Now....at last....the winners of my 100th draw...
If you don't know them please go and visit.
You will really enjoy!
at last I hear you murmur!
As it's been really hot.....for the UK...
I was driving along with my car windows opened wide
when I smelt a fragrance
that took me right back to my childhood
when I was a wee lassie
playing near my Granny's home
there were so many meadowsweet
growing along the banks
of the wee burn
I can still hear her voice saying (when I returned)
" You're absolutely filthy...
come awa' ben the yard 'til I clen ye" !!