Weeds or Wishes? 6 Lessons To Learn From A Dandelion

What do you see?  Weeds or wishes?I’m a big lover of dandelions. And they’re everywhere now! Dandelions are considered weeds. And I, too, do not want them in my garden. However, I love it when they begin to bloom because they are a timeless symbol of spring. What can a dandelion teach us?

First, not too long ago dandelions were an essential part of life. The word dandelion comes from French for “dent-de-lion” teeth of a lion.The flower was a native to Europe and Asia. They were brought to this country by European immigrants in the 1700s for its many uses as a food, a medicinal herb, as dandelion wine or tea. I was surprised to read that in Belgium, they actually manage and grow dandelions in crops. To read more about health benefits click here or here for actual recipes.

So what’s the secret wisdom of Dandelions?

1. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Plato was the first to utter this phrase that is sometimes considered a cliche but is so true. Remember, you are the beholder of your life. You can view the “weeds” in your life as beautifully flawed, interesting and leading you to your next place in life. Find beauty in life and your life will become filled with beauty. There is beauty in the most common things for those who have eyes to see it. Be mindful and look for that beauty today.

2. What do you see, Wishes or Weeds? Is your attitude positive or negative? A positive attitude can change everything in your life. And your attitude is contagious! You can help the people around you by being positive as well. Try to be completely positive for a day and see where it will lead you.

3. You can let go of expectations. Just as a dandelion lets go of it’s seeds, you can let of what you find yourself holding onto. Letting go of expectations can free you and the people around you to do what you’re all meant to do! It doesn’t mean you don’t have goals or aspirations. It just means that you or the ones you love aren’t being held back by what you thinkcan’t do.

4. Make a wish…DREAM! I love that when we are children we are always making wishes. As adults we live more in reality. I dare you to dream and make your dream a reality! You have many talents that my not be recognized by yourself or the people in your life. Be confident. Develop your talents or what you like, let it become a passion and head in that direction.

5. Let go of negative talk. You are not a “weed” but a beautiful flower! How has negative talk ever helped you? Thoughts can be like weeds, taking hold and crowding out the positive. Concentrate on the good! Stop criticizing yourself and bloom!

6. Become a child again! The dandelion is a child’s flower – we never say no to picking dandelions! Children can curl the stems in water (Take the stem, split it into three parts and put it in water. So fun!). Paint with dandelions. Blow the seeds! Be mindful – go outside and be in the moment.

Just split the stem into three parts and put in water!  So fun!

Just split the stem into three parts and put in water! So fun!

Have you ever had dandelion wine or tea or eaten the greens? Let me know in the comments. I’m inspired now to try an actual Dandelion recipe! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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11 Responses to Weeds or Wishes? 6 Lessons To Learn From A Dandelion

  1. Tara Hornich says:

    I LOVE these little yellow weeds! As a child, our farm was named “Dandelion Farm” – and surrounded by thousands of them!
    And there are some awesome things you can make with these too! I stumbled across this blog a while ago -the NerdyFarmWife – she has lots of fun stuff to make – including a salve and cream that are SO good! thenerdyfarmwife.com/whipped-dandelion-coconut-oil-moisturizer/
    My daughter and I also experimented and took some dandelion petals and mixed them into bath bombs (with some oatmeal, olive oil and cornstarch ) – very pretty! and great in the bath!
    thanks for the post !
    Tara

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    Betsy Reply:

    Tara,
    So glad you enjoyed the post and it brought back memories of your childhood. I have great memories of them, too! I’ll check out the Nerdy Farm Wife. Just checked out your blog and love you positivity!
    Thanks for stopping by, commenting and being part of our positive community!

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  2. Angela says:

    I love your post on dandelions! I read it out loud to the whole family this morning! We love dandelion greens an planted them in our garden last year. They are bitter but I like that! We also buy dandelion root tea. It’s supposed to be good for digestion. Thank you again for your post!

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    Betsy Reply:

    Angela,
    So glad you enjoyed and read to your family. Do you think it’s better to eat the dandelion greens more than the leaves we naturally find outside? Let me know what you think.
    Thanks for commenting!!
    xoxo

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  3. I always love your perspective, Betsy.

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    Betsy Reply:

    Christine,
    Always happy to see your name here.
    Thanks for coming by!!
    xoxo

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  4. This is a wonderful post, Betsy. I do remember picking dandelions as a kid. I didn’t know that you could use them in recipes, so that is fun to think about. Thanks for the insights. It brings back happy memories!

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    Betsy Reply:

    Thank you Cathy! Glad to bring back the memories!
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Peggy says:

    Lovely informative blog post Betsy!
    Last summer I was bemoaning the fact that dandelions seemed to have taken over the entire town of Breckenridge. Now I will look at them with new eyes!

    Have you read Ray Bradbury’s fictional book (Dandelion Wine) based on his childhood home in Waukegan Illinois? The wine his grandfather made serves as a metaphor for packing all the joys of summer into a single bottle. “The wine was summer caught and stoppered.”

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    Betsy Reply:

    Hi Peggy,
    You’re the second person o ask if I’ve read the book, Dandelion Wine! I’ll have to read now. That reminds me that my mother called dandelions little bouquets of sunshine.

    So nice to see your name here! Hope you’re doing well!!
    xoxo

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  6. Hanna Murrey says:

    Such a lovely article! I have many dandelion flowers in my garden and I find them really beautiful! I agree that we, people, sometimes consider plants we don’t need in our gardens – weeds, animals that are destroying our crops – pests… and so on! I do it too, but I find the animals beautiful, the flowers too! Every living thing is wonderful for me! Thanks for sharing this post! I am very happy to learn so much about the lovely dandelion!

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