Two events generated the idea of this post.
The first one is reading a great post ‘Hope is an embrace of the unknown’: Rebecca Solnit on living in dark times’. In this post, the author mentioned, “After a rain mushrooms appear on the surface of the earth as if from nowhere. Many come from a sometimes vast underground fungus that remains invisible and largely unknown”.
The above quote inspired the title of this post.
The second event is watching a video on Rain of spores’ reproduction. The way spores form and make rain is fascinating even though we still do not still fully understand how spores explode, conglomerate, and form rain. The most recent research by Money’s team suggests, “A single bead of water condenses on a spore’s surface; when the bead touches a film of water on another part of the spore, the bead pours into it, like raindrops merging on a window shield”.
It is also amazing how the shapes of spores’ conglomerates vary so that they may fall in different places. This enhances the possibility of survival and reproduction of the spores to produce mushrooms.
This is an example from nature that in variety we enhance our survivability and agility.
The idea that occurred to me is that small acts are like tiny spores. When they conglomerate they gain weight and rain. No matter how small our acts seem to be it is in their combination that small efforts may gain weight and rain in different places so that new hopes for humanity mushroom.
Emerging change from combined human efforts may rain spores of hope and irrigate our lives with new emerging opportunities.
Remember that emergent change brings emergent opportunities.
Spores differ from seeds in that seeds are that is that spores do not contain stored food resources and require more favorable conditions for germination whereas seeds contain stored food in their endosperm, enabling them to germinate in harsh conditions as well”. This explains why mushrooms need special conditions such as darkness to grow in the dark.
We humans too we may find that we are living in darkness. We still have the hope of spores to emerge suddenly above ground and rain hope instead of cats and dogs. Small acts coated with beads of hope get together and new emerging possibilities shall produce mushrooms glowing with hope.
I dedicate this post to Dennis Pitocco and his team who are trying to bring humanity together. They are cultivating the spores of hope, which shall explode into rains of hope.