Tulips

Sadi Gulistan said, “If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, & from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left, sell one, & with the dole buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”

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I will freely admit that the beauty of a hyacinth combined with its heady scent is wonderful.  Yet after years of quietly repeating that quote to myself, I must say I’ve found that many different flowers feed my soul.

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This week it was tulips.  They were a $5 splurge at the grocery store.

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I love the way tulips are both bold and delicate at the same time.  Strong but fragile.  Graceful yet dramatic.

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They’re so tall and straight and pretty when they’re all closed up, but then they begin to open…

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and the drama and beauty merely increase.

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People are like that.  Most of the time what’s on the inside is even better than what’s outside.

I like the way these two ended up leaning on each other.

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This week my tulips reminded me to have an open heart, to accept each day for what it offered, to find beauty in what I have.  Sometimes we need beauty as much as food to remain truly alive.  Flowers really are food for my soul.

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Which flowers feed your soul?  Please share!

Have a beautiful weekend!
Hopeful Homemaker

Posted at The Inspired Room

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