Sometimes coincidences are more than that ….. The other day I was doing a Wintery tidy up in the garden and started asking myself what I would like to be if I were a flower.
I thought long and hard about this and the major contenders were: Snowdrop, Daffodil and Honesty. Eventually, I decided on Honesty because of the way in which it offers so much throughout the whole year; those lovely purple flowers in early Summer; translucent pods in Autumn and then sparkling silver in Winter, just when you most need it.
I was introduced to Honesty, in all senses, by my late Mother. She has to have been the most honest person I’ve ever known and the Honesty that grows in my garden now came from a cutting from one of the many gardens that she master-minded.
The coincidence associated with Honesty is that it came to the fore recently in one of the Irish blogs, Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers, that I see everyday as having a major impact on ways of thinking about depression and mental health generally http://sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers.blogspot.ie/.
From my research work in the field of disability, and especially that with AWARE, I know that there is a huge need to break down barriers associated with the stigmatisation of people with mental illnesses.
Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers tells it how it is with depression ~ but most of all it is defined by honesty, courage and openness. It is a shining light, just like the Honesty that is shining bright in my garden right now.