Messages from a Cornfield

There is a corn field I’ve been driving by for months. . . just dried husks and stalks remain, having fulfilled its corn-destiny.

 Rushing by~“to do” list in hand focused on crossing off the next task~ I noticed a flash of blue out of the corner of my eye passing by last week.

Beckoned, I was rewarded by the sight of Morning Glories growing with abandon. . .

Since blooms only last a few hours each morning, I was thankful for this gift of blue in a field of brown~ especially so in hindsight since the field was mowed two days later.

The garden as a metaphor for life, here are a few things I was reminded of. . .

There is beauty in ordinary things, but you have to slow down long enough to see them.

Appearances can be deceiving and usually deserve a second look.

Hold on to what you love and let go of what doesn’t matter.

When things get tough, just hang on.

A little support makes life easier.

Love is all around you.

Pay attention to what you love.

Whatever you do, do with all your heart.

Take time to enjoy the blooms.

Everyday invites you to find your place in the sun.

Life is short.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

“The morning glory which blooms for an hour differs not at heart from the giant pine, which lives for a thousand years.”
― Alan Wilson Watts

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  34 comments for “Messages from a Cornfield

  1. October 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Well said, Mary, and very thought provoking! I always appreciate the beauty of your beautiful photos.

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Very nice Mary! Love the pics and the flowers are so pretty:@)

  3. October 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Lovely photograph & sentiment.

  4. October 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Wonderful, Mary! Gorgeous. Such a wonderful look at beginnings and endings. Beautiful words. It is in the eye of the beholder!

  5. Clare
    October 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Beautiful! And just what I needed this morning. Hope your morning is filled with glories too!

  6. October 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Mary, the photos are amazing! Gorgeous post!!

  7. Pondside
    October 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    What a gift that flash of blue was, and the subsequent stop you made. Just think of the things we miss when we’re such a tearing hurry to get somewhere. Lovely that you stopped and then shared this beautiful moment with us.

  8. October 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I’m so grateful that you stopped and captured the beauty hiding in this field. I love the contrast of the old withering corn and the lively blooms still welcoming each new day. And, what wonderful lessons they teach us.

  9. October 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thank you, thank you! As I sit here typing with tears streaming I realize once again that God brings the perfect solution (this time a reminder) exactly when I need it the most….

  10. October 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational words & the beauty of your pictures.

  11. October 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Your messages from a cornfield in both written words and gorgeous photos have been very inspiring to me today. Thank you.

  12. October 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    There’s something about cornfields…And I have experienced watching the changing and growing season, the colours and textures -you’ve captured wonderful photo’s and images that won’t repeat..passing at the right time to capture natures beauty.Inspirational quotes, and a wonderful way for me to start my day!

  13. October 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    (sigh)…………perfect way to start a Sunday morning….. Both the photos and the thoughts expressed are a perfect expression of God’s intent for us…I’m so glad you made time to stop and take pics before the field was mowed down.

    There was a corn field on the way to Hilo from our place ….rolling hills covered in waves of corn and the blue sea just over the edges beyond…..I kept meaning to stop and take pics to show that even in tropical settings, fields of corn can be beautiful….alas, I waited too long and all of a sudden the fields had been chopped down! I made up my mind that if they plant corn again in that same spot I will definitely make time to stop and take pics…

  14. Jain
    October 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Your pics are dazzlers in contrast, old and new, so fresh and blue~

    On iPhone too hard to gush, but know I am always smiling here…

  15. October 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Lovely words and beautiful flowers. A great post, thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  16. October 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Your message along with the photos are just what I needed to hear right now! Thank you for the reminder. I pass by MANY corn fields almost daily and haven’t stopped to see their beauty. I will remember this. XO, Pinky

  17. October 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Beautiful thoughts and photos! I love the color of the flowers against the dried out corn stalks!

  18. A Garden of Threads
    October 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for the reminders of what is important. Wonderful post for some gorgeous photos.

  19. October 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. The old dried up corn field with the pop of color from the vine. Lovely thoughts for beautiful photos.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  20. October 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful words! I enjoyed your post!

  21. October 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Lindo. Fico muito feliz em saber de seu olhar tão atento a todas essas maravilhas do mundo. Obrigada por nos direcionar tanta beleza através dessas fotos. Boa semana !!!!!

  22. October 24, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Aren’t morning glories something? Plant them once and you’ll never need to plant again. After our yard was devastated by the tornado, the morning glories returned, wrapping themselves around downed trees, broken fences, etc. They do give one a sense of hope and renewal. Lovely post, Mary.

  23. October 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Wonderful and wobbly! love this blog!

  24. October 24, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Isn’t this just beautiful…In all the dreariness of dying corn there is this splash of blue!!! WOW!!

  25. Valerie
    October 24, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I wonder if the farmer purposefully strew those seeds in the cornfield. It doesn’t matter but what a wonderful sight to see and doesn’t the blue just stand out against the dull yellow of the corn stalks. Wonderful. V

  26. Sharon
    October 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! You always amaze me with your blog posts. You take the most inspirational pictures. I want to purchase a new camera. Do you have any suggestions on what type of camera I should purchase?

  27. October 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    You’ve expressed some beautiful, wise sentiments. It pays to take a little time to notice things.
    Your photographs are wonderful.
    -Karen

  28. October 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    How beautiful that you were able to see this and capture it…it was God at work no doubt…..thanks for sharing this beautiful post :)
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

  29. October 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for such a beautiful post. Your photos are wonderful and the “reminders” are thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this cornfield with us…

  30. October 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    What a lovely roadside surprise. Great photos and comments under each.. Love the contrasts of textures in the corn and morning glories. Thanks for stopping to take the photos.

  31. October 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    very lovely serie of pics :)

  32. October 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful post! The sight of the deep blue morning glory against the dried corn husks took my breath away! Your thoughts are so true…thanks for the reminder.
    Cindy

  33. October 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    The blue is so beautiful. We only have the white ones around here and they are invasive and a noxious weed. Too bad because they can be pretty too.

  34. October 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I used to grow climbing beans which found their way up corn stalks. I love the idea of morning glory doing the same thing. Lovely blog.
    Joyce M

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