“The Warrior of the Light is a believer. Because she believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen. Because she is sure that her thoughts can change her life, her life begins to change. Because she is certain that she will find love, love appears.” ~ Paulo Coelho
I took this photo the other morning while out looking at my garden beds. Even though I’ve been growing them for years, Milkweed – and their seeds – have really captured my attention in the last couple of weeks. All of the plants are currently filled with pods bursting with beautiful potential. On any given day I’ll find their seeds clinging to the tomatoes vines, climbing the lemon tree, or sitting on the earth like a little angel, just waiting for Someone to bury it.
To me, these seeds are particularly beautiful with their tiny filaments that help them “fly”. How apropos, since they’re the sole nourishment for Monarchs. Without these common, easy to grow plants, Monarch caterpillars wouldn’t have food. Without Monarch caterpillars, there’d be no butterflies….and how sad would that be!?!? Monarches are already disappearing by the millions. So even though I only have a few of them, growing Milkweed is one way I can help them survivr.
Seeds are miraculous. Take pomegranates, for example. A single pomegranate seed, planted at the right time, in the right soil, with the right care, will produce a tree. That tree will eventually bear fruit – lots and lots of fruit – and each of those fruit will be packed with more seeds! Like, an average of 680 seeds! That’s amazing!
We’re talking about 10s of 1000s of seeds produced in a single growing season from a single tree and it ALL comes about because one little dot was sown.
What mesmerizes me most about this photo (taken with my cell phone and unfiltered) is the little ball of light at the juncture of the filaments to the seed. It’s almost as if the seed is alive with energy. I’m sure there’s some logical explanation for it, but I don’t care. To me, this is miraculous. I literally cannot stop looking at it.
Every seed is programed to become a specific plant, each after it’s own kind. It’s impossible to plant a watermelon seed and get a zucchini. And given enough time, a single seed can reproduce itself a million times over, feeding other life forms who – in their own way, and according to their own kind – will produce their seed and multiply.
What starts out so tiny and singular…something that could easily be overlooked, stepped on, mistreated or eaten (smiling)….has the potential to change the world.
Just like a single thought can change a life.