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Winter’s Flowers Brighten a Day

Having written what seemingly feels like volumes about flowers, their myriad hues, generosity, and worthiness,  I am still enamoured with their beauty and significance, their colorful gift, their shining light upon a world that can oft take them for granted.

Personally, this cannot be further from the truth. I could be walking along a pathway (town or countryside) and suddenly encounter tiny flowers that call out for attention, or majestic blooms; dignified magnolia, for example, displaying an awareness of the pleasure afforded those who appreciate their worth. And daffodils; their significance supreme.

‘High Spring’  the season for awakening the senses as the days become longer and the mornings brighter. I have often described Spring ‎as the re-birth of Nature; an awakening as seeds and bulbs leaves on trees venture out proclaiming a new beginning.

January; escaping indoor comfort to be released into the countryside is a benefit when greeted with blooms galore. And there are flowers to be seen. Snowdrops; braving chilly air, cosseted in blankets of snow.  Ultimately their little heads emerge, greeting those who seek their grace.

Daffodils, standing tall, but reserving their smiles a little longer, then blessing us with a display of yellow and gentle orange that cannot but enliven the senses; their colors blessing us with rays of imaginary sunshine. And when the sun does shine they glance at us, their countenances a beaming joy, brightening the day for all who witness their selfless generosity.

FLOWERS – NATURE’S GIFT SUPREME

Smiling flowers, ‎golden Daffodils

Faces turn with gentle breeze

Follow onlookers all around.

Imagination or fantasy no matter

‎Be they riverside or hills be found

Strolling through leafless vistas

Countenances brighten day‎s

‎Creating smiles for all to see

There is such joy beauty supreme

Releasing our hearts embracing

Kindness and togetherness

Daffodils offer true 

Nature’s gift to humanity.

Brighten the day, beautiful blooms.

Flowers make people smile

Celebrate Nature’s glory.

Springtime doth come soon

Brightness and blooms share togetherness.

Kindness will always be there

Share feelings, reach out to others.

‎Believe in a daffodils smile

Simon Lever
Simon Lever
CREATIVE WRITER + STORYTELLER - AUTHOR - CHAMPIONING POSITIVITY, EMPATHY, AND KINDNESS. For three decades, engaged in software and services sector recruitment for American companies seeking to set up operations in Europe. Based in Britain and the Netherlands, a most enjoyable aspect being the privilege of co-operating with individuals from countries including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Now my energy is directed towards voluntary involvement, including creative writing for a Community Magazine and other community activities. Further, as a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral, I welcome visitors from all over the world. I am also actively involved in introducing visitors to the famous 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition'. An absolute delight. Literally walking through history. Winchester Cathedral, a 1000-year-old icon makes me feel rather younger than reality! It allows me to engage with people the world over regardless of nationality or faith. My Mom was Christian and my Dad, Jewish. And there are many anecdotes on that special topic! I gain inspiration and energy engaging with like-minded individuals around the world; writing extensively on Linkedin and blogs on Carol Campos' The Divine Breadcrumb website. Carol is an inspirational soul coach. Although 'retired' from front line business I maintain regular contact with former colleagues and clients. Happiness is indeed engaging with people of many nationalities and cultures. Over the years I have built up a treasured and very special international 'network' of genuine, empathetic Friends where weekly or even daily comments and opinions are exchanged. Enjoying creative writing; from the heart. with the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words that convey and project reality. Other essays, articles, and blogs include vivid accounts of former days' experiences. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become a reality in the mind; the reader's imagination 'transported' to the Universe of light and wonder. My creative and often emotionally charged writing is vivid whether describing the surreal 'Son et Lumiere' at the Grand Place in Brussels, flying around Europe describing the memorable experiences of brasseries and restaurants in many cities. Imagination becomes a reality. The past becomes the present in the mind's eye. Kindness is a word that is used more than ever. And is ever more important. I am an active promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign; #kindclub wearing the wrist band with pride and spreading Kindness with enthusiasm.

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