As the crops reach their peak and harvest looms, so the poppies spring into bloom. Dotting the fields and verges with their crimson flowers, they provide a welcome splash of colour as the dryness of the summer bleaches colour from the fields and trees. Poppies are considered weeds of cultivation. The seeds can survive for years in undisturbed soil, waiting until that soil is turned over before they spring into life. As a result, poppies may give a stunning display after the completion of roadworks or on building sites. The poppy seizes the opportunity that disturbance creates to burst in action, a reminder that we too can find new paths to follow in times of change, a chance for new beginnings and for growth. We can learn to see change as a positive experience in our lives,a nd embrace it with both hands.