My daughter was fretting over school one day. I believe it was our first school fret ever. She had a fourth grade teacher and subjects that were challenging her (and making her really mad). I could see the unconvinced look on her face as I gave her the usual parent pep talk. “Things will work out…” “You can do anything you set your mind to…” “You have to believe in yourself…” Even I’d always felt those words were a little meh.
Then suddenly an idea popped into my head like a spark. I explained to her that we are all like flowers in a field and the sun is love, positive energy and peace. When we come upon challenging people or situations in our lives, each flower has a decision to make. We must decide if we want to stay where we are, shrinking in the shade or if we want to stretch and grow up towards the sun. If you run away from situations, treat others badly and make only self serving choices—you stay low and in the shade. If you face challenges, treat people as you’d like to be treated and live with an open mind and heart—you’ll feel yourself growing toward the sun and peace every day.
“When something is hard, you know that working through it means you’re growing toward the sun,” I told her. “You’re getting closer to love and light and you’re becoming stronger. If you come across someone who is being ugly or difficult and choosing to squat in the shade, that’s when it’s most important to make a choice to stand tall and grow toward that sun. Always move toward the sun and leave people who want to stay in the dark behind.”
She listened intently and I could tell what I was saying was registering. She loved it. In the days following, I was surprised when she started mentioning it in times of frustration. “Oh! This is really going to help you grow toward the sun!” or “This is really a grow toward the sun moment, Mommy.” Now we apply it to our lives in so many ways–big and small. From really, really hard math homework to having patience with something at work to being kind to an unpopular child at school.
So I’m starting this blog as a way to record our journey as we Grow Toward the Sun day by day. I’m hoping it shows everyone that spirituality it something that we live each and every moment, even on the most ordinary of days.