Wednesday, April 17, 2013


by M. J. Joachim

Outstanding! Some of my broccoli pods are finally ready to be harvested for their seeds!

Seeding my pods is a peaceful, calming activity, especially when new perspectives in life are necessary.

I’ve been having some minor health issues lately – nothing serious to speak of, just the energy draining ups and downs from low-grade fevers and minor aches and pains; it’s tiring, but not unconquerable.

Broccoli pods are extremely symbolic when you look at them closely. Their center seems sturdy enough, but it is also fragile, paper thin and sheer. Their outer husk is tough, either side holding the center firmly in place, while growth (of the new seeds) works steadily, progressing with the whims of nature, be it sun, rain or wind.

It’s quite an outstanding process when you think about it, one all people can relate to. Outwardly, we present ourselves to the world, holding it all together and protecting our inner core, the source of our very being. Inwardly, we do what must be done, until such a time that release is the only option left, to show the world who we are and what we’re made of.

Broccoli plants are tough, with strong stalk and firm branches. Their flowers are delicate, vibrant and nutritious. Flowers left to bloom attract many with their phenomenal display. The attraction produces growth of a new kind – seed pods for future generations.

The plants do not wither and die through this cycle. Quite the contrary! They flourish all the more, apparently happy to give their gifts to the world! And that is quite outstanding indeed!

Thank you for visiting Effectively Human.

M. J.

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