by Nicky Redsell
I have always loved sunflowers. I have a favourite mug with Van Gogh's Sunflower painting on, I have sunflower coasters and countless other sunflower 'stuff' that makes me smile.
I often wonder why I love these flower so much. The bright yellow colour is a good start and the way they seem to nod their heads in agreement with my every idea and plan. The image of fields of sunflowers brings back memories of a cherished holiday, which in turn reminds me of family and warmth and a well earned rest.
I love the way sunflowers are at their most endearing, their most vibrant, when they are grown together. There is a unity of movement as a field of sunflowers gently sway together, a solidarity that I find helpful to reflect on at this point of my year.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I know that it is not good for me to be isolated. I am most alive and can make more of an impact for good when I am in the company of others. However, at this point of the year when I am often tired, possibly grumpy and in need of a rest it is easy to back away and forget that community is vital to my well-being and most beautifully demonstrates the love and hope that I cherish.