Tall Poppy Diaries

Observations and musings on life as a happy high-achiever (or what the Aussie's call a "Tall Poppy" ). "Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have." --Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


  Your Thoughts on Life as a Tall Poppy...

Last week, I asked you to weigh in on a few Tall Poppy themes that are special or important to you. Today's theme was "You Know You're A Tall Poppy When...".

Miss Poppy (Sam) took the task literally and wrote:

You know you're a Tall Poppy when:
1) You can admit all your flaws.
2) Even in knowing that you're not perfect, you smile when you look in the mirror.
3) You're always reaching for more.
4) You know how to laugh at yourself.
5) You know not to laugh at others.
6) You think of others before yourself.
7) You know that thinking of others doesn't mean you don't get to take care of yourself.
8) You take a step forward each day.
9) You get up after you fall.
10) But really - you know you're a tall poppy when you want everyone else to be a tall poppy, too.

By Job, Sam! You've DEFINITELY got it. Good luck on your trip! Hope to hear from you soon!

Groovy Poppy sent me a beautiful and inspirational passage about what she now understands about life as an oft-chopped Tall Poppy:

"I have learned that a person who always considered herself a weed's seedling, is actually a Tall Poppy after all. The view is grand. I can see the horizon from up here. And, what is beyond the horizon? I don't know. But I shall grow taller, and find out."

And in Phenomenal!, Diva Poppy (Mile High Diva) talks about one of her favorite Tall Poppy role models--a woman who was "raised in poverty with no chance to make it in the world given her race and gender, yet she mesmerizes the world with her sultry voice and her inspirational words." Then she asks the question, "Who are some of the phenomenal women who have inspired you?"

And, finally, the banner above wasn't sent to me as a submission for "Tall Poppy Days". It was simply a gift from new Poppy Club member, Cav Poppy (who is obviously significantly more technically gifted than moi!). So now, if I ever get my act together and grab a banner on Blog Explosion, I'll have something lovely ready to roll. It was nice enough that Cav would take the time to make this banner. But it's even more touching considering the fact that Cav is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. She's sick...and exhausted...and still finds the time and energy to think of ways to help other people. Cav--You are astonishing! A true inspiration. And you're DEFINITELY in the right place here at The Poppy Club! Welcome! And thank you...

Tomorrow: "You Know You're a Weed When..."

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