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A sunflower
Image courtesy of patrisyu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net / Finally, it's what you wanted, but it's going to take many seeds.


Out of all the flowers in existence, I believe that it would be the sunflower that has the most pronounced effect on brightening my mood. The yellow of this flower is outstandingly bright, earning its name as being like the sun.

As such, I considered it to be a good idea to have a bed of these in the garden bed outside the flat I rent. They just so made me feel better with that uplifting colour, which is important to me, as I'm prone to the blues. To be able to look upon this magnificent sight I conjured in my imagination; a bed of yellow magnificence spurred me to take action to make this desire a reality. I also enjoy gardening, and I had mental images of myself tending my wondrous garden bed of sunflowers daily, enjoying myself in the sun and fresh air.

So, with the aid of my neighbour, we planted about 30 seeds altogether; digging holes to approximately the right depth for each seed. Before this step, we went through a well-thought out protocol, creating a fertile environment for them to grow. Actually, my neighbour was the one who knew what steps to take as he knows a great deal more about gardening than I do. The soil was lovely and moist, and some compost was added. What I am trying to point out is that much time, thought, digging, watering and preparing of the soil took place.

Then, the anticipation, and on my part, excitement at waiting for these seeds to emerge through the soil began.

Out of 30 seeds, I took a conservative reckoning of how many I thought would sprout. There would be at least ten, I thought. So, every day, morning and night, I diligently watered the soil. I pulled out weeds. Of course, I scrutinised the soil for signs of the baby sunflowers giving birth.
After one week, there was nothing. I was quite disappointed, but after 30 seeds, there would have to be at least five that grew. I had now set my expectations a little lower. You may wonder what gardening has to do with Self Avenue, but I'm getting to that analogy soon.

In the end, one, just one sunflower sprouted. Its little yellow head is now smiling as it grows in the direction of the sun.

However, I am not disappointed. I am thrilled to bits. For a long time, I had a sinking feeling there would be no sunflowers at all. And, because these are my favourite flowers, one sunflower trumps 20 daisies for me.

Sunflowers, in this analogy I will use, are our goals we desire in life: a job, a partner, a place to live - as well as learning to do something. And it's amazing how quickly we give up, because the outcome of our efforts don't appear to be happening. It may be that the seed that is going to turn into a sunflower has not been planted yet. You may try 20 jobs before finding one where you feel your niche is. You may date 15 guys before finding the one. You may look at ten places before you find one which is ideal for you to live in. And you may have to go through your driving exam four times before you pass (I did). So many people quit because they expect every seed or every effort they expend to produce fruit - or in this case a sunflower. However, life simply isn't like that.

By the way, I am not saying that sunflowers are usually this difficult to grow. They just were in my case. Therefore I am using them as an example of what I am explaining with regards to life.

Also, with that sunflower I am now seeing, it took about eight weeks of watering for it to grow, and probably 12 for it to flower. It may take even years to find the right relationship or right job, and I know someone who went for their drivers license ten times, but they didn't give up.

Remember:

1. Not everything you do towards your goals will end up being successful.

2. If you plant enough seeds, or, keep going long enough; something will flower/your goal will come about.

3. It may take a while for the seedling to emerge. A good example is trying to learn a piece of music. It is all foreign until one day until you get up and play it perfectly.

# Goals
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# Timing
# Philosophy
# Persistence
# Success
# Motivation
# Effort
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