girasole_5489JULY 16, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | As we drove past the fields of golden sunflowers on our bus trip from Rome to Tuscany, the tour guide Lindy said, “You should see how the sunflowers change their positions to face the sun. In the morning they face one way as we drive to Tuscany, and in the late afternoon when we return to Rome, they are all facing the other way.”

The Italian word for sunflower is girasole. The origin of the word comes from the word girare meaning to turn and sole meaning sun. The plant’s strong stem helps to support the constant shift of its big face to the sun.

This beautiful strong flower that seeks sunshine is an inspiration for women with Parkinson’s Disease. If we maintain a resilient core and look towards the bright side of life, we too, can bring beauty to the world.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller

4 thoughts on “Girasole

  1. Excellent analogy and as always, your wiriting is like poetry. I look forward to meeting you soon, and hope your recent surgery went well. I am attending my first luncheon with your group next week!

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