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.”
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.
This week it was tulips. They were a $5 splurge at the grocery store.
I love the way tulips are both bold and delicate at the same time. Strong but fragile. Graceful yet dramatic.
They’re so tall and straight and pretty when they’re all closed up, but then they begin to open…
and the drama and beauty merely increase.
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.
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.
Which flowers feed your soul? Please share!
Have a beautiful weekend!
The Inspired Room