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Falling Up

Anyone else feeling a little upside down these days? On days when I find that I just can't seem to make heads or tails of a situation I love to flip through my poetry books I had when I was younger. As a child I loved poems, especially ones that were written by Shel Silverstein. His silly subjects, playful words and joyful rhythm of his writing was (and still is) like music to my ears. I recently flipped through my copy of 'Falling Up" and came across a beautiful inscription written by my mother that got me thinking....Even though the last few months we may have felt like we were falling down, maybe we were actually 'falling up'.

Getting back on your feet and looking up can often be harder than the actual fall itself. Sometimes it takes getting turned upside down to learn which way you see is the right side up. It is in the 'fall' that moments of greatness and strength can really shine. Falling down can be scary, but 'falling up' might just get us moving forward in the direction we were meant to go and help us to look at things from a different perspective.

Looking at uncomfortable situations from different points of view helps us to better see the roots of where the problem is stemming from. Shining light on new perspectives can lead to positive and beneficial solutions. And that gardeners is what turning 'weeds into seeds' is all about.

Keep your feet on the ground, your head to the sky and if you have to look down, don't just might fall up!

Onward and Upward,,


"When I was a little kid I used to think the dedication page in A Light In The Attic was for me because I had never met anyone else with my name. ~Shanna

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Pull your weeds, plant your seeds and enjoy the flowers along the way...You are a gardener.


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