Doing nothing only allows hate crimes and violence to become the accepted norm. We can all be a sunflower in the lives of others or we can be a weed chocking out the life of those around us.
Jonesboro, AR (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
Author Donna Austin describes her new book “The Sunflower Principle: Life Lessons from a Simple Flower” (published by Inspiring Voices) as “… a celebration of friendships, and a call for unity between all races and religions in our troubled world.”
“The Sunflower Principle” chronicles the role sunflowers played in Austin’s recovery from divorce. It wasn’t until she faced the agony of divorce and an empty nest that she realized the sunflowers symbolized hope and love for her. From these big, bold, and beautiful flowers she was reminded to go to her source, to give back, lift her head and stand tall again. In addition, she invites others to join her in The Sunflower Principle Movement by sowing seeds of compassion, love, peace, and understanding throughout the world.
An excerpt from “The Sunflower Principle”:
After 9/11 I wanted to better understand people of other religions. My friend Judi formed a group of multi-cultural people who met weekly to try to understand one another. There were people representing many religions such as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity. Those weekly gatherings were fascinating, and interesting. I found all of the people to be warm, friendly, and caring. I believe when we take time to know others well, our enemies become our friends.
“We have a responsibility to promote compassion, love, peace and understanding,” Austin says. “Doing nothing only allows hate crimes and violence to become the accepted norm. We can all be a sunflower in the lives of others or we can be a weed chocking out the life of those around us.”
About the Author
Donna Austin is a native of Jonesboro, Ark., who returned from Dallas to the home of her youth when her mother needed help caring for her father in his last days. Austin is the mother of two children in Topanga, Calif., and the grandmother of four grandchildren living in California and in England. Austin 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.” Austin is the director of a creative writing group called Writers’ Ink and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women.
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