The Sunflower Principle: Life Lessons from a Simple Flower

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Inspiring Voices, Sep 26, 2012 - Self-Help - 122 pages
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In The Sunflower Principle: Life Lessons from a Simple Flower, author Donna Austin chronicles the role sunflowers played in her recovery from the ashes of divorce. Sunflowers were a favorite flower of her daughter, but it wasn’t until she faced the agony of divorce and an empty nest that she realized they symbolized hope and love for her. From these big, bold, beautiful sunflowers and during time spent in her garden, she learned many valuable lessons about how to withstand the storms of life, lift up her head, and stand tall again.

She has presented the lessons she learned from tending to the sunflowers in the form of seeds of wisdom in The Sunflower Principle. Through these lessons, she offers a simple guide for living, with all people—regardless of race, religion, or national origin. In order to become a sunflower, it is necessary to sow some seeds ourselves—seeds of compassion, love, peace, and understanding. The result of sowing these four tiny seeds make a difference in our lives, and become the catalyst for change in our world.

 

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Contents

Life after Divorce
1
Lesson 1
5
The Stranger at Lunch
7
Lesson 2
11
Sunflowers a Gift of Love
13
Lesson 3
15
Sunflower Friends
17
Lesson 4
21
Peace
61
Lesson 11
63
Understanding
65
Lesson 12
69
Teachers are Sunflowers in Full Bloom
71
Lesson 13
75
Searching for Stars among the Sunflowers
77
Lesson 14
81

Principle to Live By
23
Lesson 5
25
Sunflower People
27
Lesson 6
29
New Sunflower Friends
31
Lesson 7
35
Friends Are Like Flowers
37
Lesson 8
43
A Seed of Compassion
45
Lesson 9
49
Love in Action
51
Lesson 10
59
Join Hands
83
Lesson 15
87
The Mysteries and Miracles of Flowers
89
Lesson 16
91
Start the Conversation
93
A Garden of Friendships
97
Live Large
101
Contact Author and Purchase Information
103
Acknowledgments
105
Biblography
107
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Donna Austin, a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, also lived in the Dallas area for thirty years. She has two children and four grandchildren. Donna has been published by Argus Communications in Allen, Texas, and featured in Guideposts Magazine. Her poetry has been published in Amidst the Splendor — The National Library of Poetry. Donna is the Director of Writers’ Ink, a creative writing group of Jonesboro, and a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

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