Sitting in the grass and clover of the park, I spied lovely yellow flowers growing between two fences.
I wanted to set them free. Whenever I see anything caged, I want to set it free.
I identified with the flowers. There have been many times in my life when I have felt trapped, stuck in other people's narrow definitions and ideas of success. Even now, I find myself struggling to break free, make my own way.
Slowly, over the course of a few moments, I realized that the flowers, too, were reaching for freedom. The fences limited their growth width-wise, but they were growing up, no limits imposed upon them.
They gave me hope and courage, those little yellow flowers. Whenever I feel boxed in I will look around and find another direction in which to grow. So simple, yet I had never really thought of it before.
What do you do, what helps you to find your way?
Listen to Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters sing "Don't Fence Me In" on YouTube.