Back To Presence

Be like the flower. Be. Grow. That’s all.

This pair of sunflowers jumped out at me while I was walking next to the lake.

No one had to teach a flower how to be a flower. It just grows. That’s what it does. Seems pretty straightforward.

No social media to futz around on. No mainstream media coverage to stress over. It has no complicated relationships to deal with or try to analyze. It’s not even a “flower” until we put a label on it to identify it as such. As a matter of fact, it would still be exactly what it is if we didn’t know what it was.

Literally all the flower has to do on any given day is grow. It has to exist and grow. Again, pretty simple. No ambiguity or uncertain moral principles. There’s no technological assistance needed. It just is.

In contrast, the rest of the world might be in full blown chaos around it. We have wars, poverty, hunger, politics, and all types of manmade insanity all over the globe connected with signals, wires, and circuits everywhere. We have 24/7/365 coverage from around the globe at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. We label, form opinions and react to stimuli all the time.

Meanwhile, the flower just exists and grows. The wind might move it and the rain might fall on it. But it has no opinion whatsoever. That’s just what happens to it. Some flowers might structure themselves differently to reach light, moisture or toward a preferable temperature. These aren’t conscious decisions, though. The flower just grows.

So, at the end of the day, it brings us humble humans back down to ground, so to speak, to just relax, quiet the mind, exist, and grow. No electronics needed. No fancy yoga positions. No one need look or judge. It’s easy. Just be in the presence of the Universe for a few minutes.


Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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