Walk into a field of sunflowers. Okay. Now frown. Yes, I am serious. I dare you.

What do you mean you can’t do it? I know. I know. I can’t either. No matter what’s going on in the world around me, no matter what I may be facing in my life at the moment, bring me to that field (or even a tiny patch of sunflowers next to a decaying urban parking lot) and my brain is flooded with happy chemicals.

What is it about these beauties? They are anything but delicate. Meaty, strong, and nurturing, sunflowers have provided essential nutritional qualities throughout most cultures and times periods. As they drink in the sun’s rays, they climb and they climb.

Have you noticed that no matter how big and how tall any individual sunflower grows, she never blocks the sun from reaching her brothers and sisters? Rather, she seems to inspire them to be the best they can be. Shhh… I think I hear her.

Smile with me.
Grow with me.
And pass the message along.


Terri S. Alpert
Founder & CEO