Be The Red Petunia

by Starla J. King on July 25, 2012

I keep thinking about this morning’s quote from Gretchen Rubin’s “Moment of Happiness” email:

Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.~ Andy Warhol

So much of our world is about conformity, keeping up with the Joneses, and figuring out what’s acceptable to the majority then squeezing ourselves into that mold.

Sure, that makes for a somewhat comfortable life… but  where does that leave room for inspiration?  For individual expression?  For the endlessly fascinating exploration for meaning in our lives?

As Oriah Mountain Dreamer suggests in her book, “What We Ache For:  Creativity and the Unfolding of Our Souls,creative expression is the way we make our souls visible.  (Ponder that one for a while!)

Dare to stand out and add unique value to the lives around you.

Dare to trade comfortable blending in for a brave display of your stunning beauty.

Dare to be the red petunia (or zinnia or tulip or weed) in a sea of white.

Our souls (and our gardens) will thank you for it.

If you want to explore what your “red petunia” might be, contact me for a free (30-min) sample creativity coaching session. No artistic skill required, I promise.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachael July 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

can’t wait for my next session!


Starla J. King August 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

Same here, my little red petunia! 🙂


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