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“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why are we on a constant quest to exterminate the dandelion?  Because dandelions fight hard for their right to live and we don’t recognize their incredible value.  Instead of embracing these beautiful, free, hardy flowers that grow anywhere, we dismiss and destroy them.  And yet, we spend endless hours trying to cultivate expensive, difficult-to-grow flowers in our designated and controlled flower gardens.

Dare to be Dandelion is about understanding the true value of these flowers.  Our central question is: how can you actually improve your life and the world around you by being more like a dandelion?  Think about it.  Dandelions are the flower that says to the rest of the world… I am strong and free and will grow and thrive anywhere.  Don’t try to contain me or cut me down.  I may not be society’s image of beauty but I am certainly a bright, brilliant flower.  I have so many incredible inner qualities and values to share with the world.  And if you take the time to get to know me better, you may learn to love and embrace me.   I imagine many of us have felt similar to this at some point in our lives.

That’s what dandelion living is all about: embracing and emulating the overlooked values of dandelions to create a better life for ourselves and those around us.  It’s about living with the confidence and courage of dandelions to be themselves regardless of what society thinks.  They must be doing something right considering at one time there were no dandelions in North America at all, and now they are found on almost every lawn, park and open grassy space in the spring time – pretty amazing flowers, eh?!   (And in case you are wondering how they came over it is believed the seeds came over on the pants of adventurous sailors.)

So with spring here, and dandelion season in full swing, it’s a perfect time to consider appreciating the daring dandelions rather than attempting to abolish them from our lawns.  It’s time to start trying to live more like them – confidently, proud of who you are, and ready to thrive.

 

3 Comments

  1. What a FANTASTIC, profound article and concept for embracing beauty in all forms. I will proudly share this with my readers. Great job!

  2. Carleton Kendrick

    Jill,
    I grew up in an Italian home where we prized the dandelion. Beyond appreciating its beauty, we picked its young leaves in my Nona’s front and back yard to include in fresh salads and made dandelion wine. As a child, many other children (and their parents) would make fun of me and my cousins as we gently picked the young leaves and placed them in a pan, hurling defamatory comments at us like, “the Feriolis eat weeds!” We merely smiled and kept picking, knowing they were not yet aware of what the dandelion gave. I can fully embrace your dandelion living metaphor. I shall soon pick some dandelion leaves to enjoy in this eve’s dinner salad.
    Peace and grace,
    Carleton Kendrick
    Family Therapist and Author, “Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s”

  3. Sandy McIntyre

    So proud of you Jill!

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