Accepting Fresh Flower’s Free Stuff?

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace ~Thich Nhat Hanh, from Being Peace

free stuff ~d nelson

free stuff ~d nelson

With conditions just right,
all rainbow’s colors freely offered
in earth’s fragile flowery form
crafted by unconditional love
of these heavens.


free stuff pollinator ~d nelson

In humanity’s garden
where blossoms bloom
in all’s heart potential,
are loved one’s flowers
seen, cultivated, cared for;
accepted for their gifting?


free stuff 2, what’s my name?

Are our flowers offered freely,
and not just in return?
Can we, will we offer them
to all our neighbors, including
the hungry, homeless, unloved
ones whose unpollinated flowers
desperately need watering?


When things are looking down
a garden of beauty awaits
under foot to pick us back up.
Just look at all those wildflowers there!
Thank you for being a bouquet
when I need you most.

free stuff 3

free stuff 3

Feeling small & speechless with mortality;
what else can I do
reading about impending extinction
of wild butterflies, bees and other pollinators,
across the whole of mother earth?
Perhaps longing that pollen
which has supported life would always
bring fresh spring flowers,
summer fruits, and smiles
of loved ones & strangers, alike.

free stuff bee

free stuff bee

Humbly I acknowledge my inadequacy
to do the work of just one bee,
neither royal nor commoner.
Thank you for offering free stuff
supporting life for animals,
plants & humans, in beauty
as long as conditions have been just right.

After attending & filming the annual Mindfulness In Education conference in Philadelphia I’ll return with something new to share. 🙂


76 thoughts on “Accepting Fresh Flower’s Free Stuff?

  1. Sonnische

    Thank you for sharing these freely lovely and exuberant expressions of beauty and joy! I love flowers, both cultivated and wild, and have spent many happy hours in botanical gardens and walking in the woods and byways looking for even the smallest flower to photograph and then identify with my books.

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    This is beautiful, David. I love how you wove nature and humanity into a coarse texture of peace and destruction. Will we give flowers to those who need it the most? Will the bouquets still be there when we need them the most? Will the conditions be just right?
    We can love them when they are here…in the moment. Your words and your beautiful photographs weave a profound message. Thank you. And I always love a Thich Nhat Hanh quote.

  3. Meredith

    the gardens
    of your heart
    bloom beautifully…
    sh. ahhhh-man
    Smile on,
    peace blogger.
    I receive your
    with gratitude.

  4. AmyRose🌹

    A post as perfect as yours, David, made my Heart sing for JOY. How glorious the flowers are! I do all I can with my flowers to encourage bees and pray that mankind will wake up and realize the danger our bees are in before it is too late. Thank you for Gifting me with the flowers today!!! ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      I appreciate your kind words, Amy!
      Nice knowing that you and others
      are stopping to smell the flowers
      that are here now,
      that others may enjoy
      their beauty, later 🙂

  5. niasunset

    So beautiful dear David, your words, your way of looking to the life, so beautiful, how I wish(ed) people could see the beauties of this universe, maybe peace would be more… Thank you dear David, as always so impressive and meaningful. Love, nia

  6. Michael

    Hi David,

    Thanks for another lovely post. This fit right into a sequence of posts and musings I’ve come across that are all somehow related. The quote from Thich Nhat Hanh fit in particularly well, as it speaks to the importance of touching the peace within ourselves. The honeybee is a genius we carry inside us. May all our beautiful heart flowers be watered, and pollinated, and given away to those who most need them…


  7. Dennis the Vizsla

    hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay thoze flowers ar so byootiful and delishus lukking!!! not that i wood eet them but my sister saya mite!!! it shoor wood be nice if peepul wer always as byootiful to eetch other as those flowers ar!!! ok bye

  8. Jet Eliot

    It is when we open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty that surrounds us, that we see not just the flowers but the pollen and the bees. Beautiful poetry, photos, and sentiments, David. 🙂

  9. LaVagabonde

    Flowers, especially those of spring, are such profound medicine. I never take them for granted. 🌸🌷🌼🌺 Your photos and words have brightened my day. Merci!

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