Need Food for Thought? Chew on this!

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

*This story was originally published in "Chew on This: Fifty-Two Inspirational Points to Ponder", a book of inspirational short stories by Gary Brock and Kelly Tuck, and is available for purchase here!

*Words of wisdom for inspirational thought are at the end of the story!


I am flittering, floating, and falling through the air. What a strange feeling to be weightless... free falling...and now plummeting in a downward spiral! Thump! Ouch! That was hard. Huh, there’s a little bit of a cushion here now... Soft, maybe a little grainy and –

Ah! What’s that? I’m being pelted by something. Oh, I’m suffocating... I can’t move... Hey, I’m covered with the same stuff I landed on. Nowhere to go... I’m stuck! But it’s also kind of cozy.

Well... maybe I’ll just sleep for now.

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Everywhere around me is cold, hard, and dark. I can’t see anything, but I really want to wiggle around and bust out of here to explore. I’m not sure why I can’t. It’s so frustrating. I’m stuck in the darkness! I want to stretch, to grow, to be free! I am tired of the cold and hard. Maybe I can move soon. Maybe I can break through whatever is pinning me down.

Maybe I will soon be free.

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It’s finally getting warmer! It’s not cold, but cool and just a little wet. Hmm, maybe moist is more accurate. I can tell I’m a little softer around the edges. I am able to move a little, and I think I’m about to grow. It feels good not to be so confined in such a tight space.

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The earth around me emits a pleasant warmth as I continue to feel softer. The layers of my shells are cracking and I know I’ll be busting out of it soon! I am pushing and stretching. Out, I want out! It’s just a matter of time now.

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One final push and – POP! Finally, I am through! Woohoo, I have broken out and am breaking out every which a way! It feels so good to stretch out after all that time cooped up in that tiny shell. What a relief!

Huh, it sure is dark in here. At least the dirt isn’t as hard as my shell was. Hey, I can see others breaking free of their shells all around me. Hey guys! We did it!

I am growing, stretching, and reaching all the time. My gaze is focused upward even though I’m sprouting up, down, and out. I can feel myself sifting through the dirt. Just like me, all of my friends are stretching out rapidly. We are all making strides in our underground race, competing with each other as we spread ourselves far and wide.

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Today I feel as though I am stronger than ever! I persevere, pushing forward, and make a lot more headway through the dirt than before. I am lifting up higher and stretching down lower.

One more surge upward and the pressure lessens until it feels almost I am about to push all the way through the remaining dirt. I can see it’s getting lighter and the dirt around me looks brown for once. One more final reach and, all of a sudden...

I am at ground zero.

I did it! Joy fills me from top to bottom. I have burst through! I sway in the slight breeze, relishing the cool air. The sky is a brilliant blue and I am surrounded no longer by darkness, but a sea of green.

I have arrived.

Free! I am finally free! No more confines of my seed home. No more pressure from the weight of dirt on top of me. I am strong! I am alive! I am smiling!

Taking in my new home, I see there are a whole lot of pale green stems popping through the ground, complete with tiny dirt hats on their heads. There are a bunch of us, and we continue to reach higher, attempting to grow taller with each passing second.

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The sun warms me and the rain quenches my thirst. I grow stronger each day. Sometimes it’s chilly at night, but my strength is not broken. I simply shiver through it with my friends, clinging to the hope of the new day filled with golden rays of warmth.

Every so often, a butterfly, a dragonfly, a bee, or a bug hovers overhead just to take a look see. As I gaze around the sea of green, standing straight and proud, I know many eyes are waiting for our transformation into the waves of color we are destined to become.

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Waking up today, I feel a little different and I see that my leaves have finally sprouted up and out. I wiggle them at my buddies in a wave. It’s beginning to get a little crowded in the bed, but all of us are working in concert to grow our individual beauty for all to see.

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Finally, I am weighted with a bud and so are others. Oh, this will surely be a sight to see! Catching a glimpse of my friends, I see they are as parched as I am. We could all use a long drink of water. It has been a little dry lately. The sun is hot and the spring breeze has stolen some of our moisture. Although no one is complaining, a little water to quench this thirst, possibly from the heavy cloud in the distance, would be perfect for our future blooms.

Buzz! All of our insect friends are working diligently in our flower community. They are zooming from one flower to the next, bringing our blooms to life with their magical massage. It will not be long now. My petals are aching to open, as are my friends’. We can barely make out the hint of each other’s unique colors. We are full of anticipation, knowing we are going to bust out in vibrant bursts!

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Wow! How wonderful! We are a sight to see! As I gaze around in awe, I take in all the beauty from our kaleidoscope of color. The faces of those strolling by to see us are almost as beautiful. We enjoy their smiles and their appreciation of the fact that all of us have come to bring brightness and color to wherever we are planted. We all enjoy the positive Feng shui we create. There is nothing quite like us – continuously cheerful, full of life, playing our own individual parts within the whole to brighten the landscape for all whose paths we intersect. We don’t compete with each other. We know we are unique — we all have different colors, heights, and petals. We simply bloom where we are planted.

Don’t you want to join us? Don’t you want to bring smiles to all along your way? How can you be like a flower every day?

It is simple really, just remember to...

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Live each of your days in full bloom.

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*Chew On This: Fifty-Two Inspirational Points to Ponder is available for purchase