Last week, I wrote about the beautiful patches of sunflowers that line the road near my home. Since then, it seems that everywhere I go, I see sunflowers. I am seeing sunflowers in places that I never noticed them before. I have seen them in the field next to my office building and along the busy interstate that I travel to get there.
Not only am I noticing sunflowers more, but friends who follow my blog have been pointing them out to me and sharing their pictures, thoughts and stories about them. Thanks to one of these good friends, I even have a new “sunflower song” that plays in my head now when I see them.
As I have pondered why there were suddenly sunflowers everywhere that I looked, I came to the logical conclusion that they did not magically spring up overnight. It is not the sunflowers but my focus that has changed. I am noticing them more because they are in my thoughts more.
The same is true with my friends and their generous “sunflower sharing”. They have shared their pictures, stories and songs about sunflowers with me, because I shared my blog about sunflowers with them. They were contributing to a topic that I began.
As I reflected on this, I was impressed with how important it is to choose uplifting and positive subjects to focus on and to write about. Focusing on sunflowers this week caused me to see sunflowers in places that I have never seen them before. Maybe, if I focus on good things, I will see the good in places and in people that I have failed to notice it before.
If I focus on service, maybe I will see opportunities for service that I did not see before. If I focus on miracles, maybe I will see the miracles that occur everyday that I did not notice before. If I focus on my Heavenly Father, maybe I will see Him and His influence more in the world around me.
If I write about and discuss these things with my friends, maybe they will too…