In late July I am deeply appreciating all the flowers. My tiny backyard garden is bursting with daisies, hydrangea, echinacea, and let's be real, a good amount of weeds too! What makes a flower so beautiful is not just its velvety and delicate petals, brilliant colors, and heavenly scents. It's that these beloved blooms are only here for such a short while. To watch a flower from seed to blossom to its inevitable decay into some green leaves and stalk and finally its death in the fall is a lesson over and over again in impermanence, gratitude, and presence. We too won't live forever, though most days I forget that. Yet if we can be grateful for this very moment in life, no matter how painful or beautiful, it is the ultimate act of presence, power, and peace. To sit today with the flowers, fully knowing that next week they'll be gone, is allowing the Mother and the cosmos to flow through us, heal us, and remind us that our time here is short. Smell the flowers!
A portion of sales from All The Flowers Drop is being donated to Girls Inc. Our girls are like flowers: beautiful, wise, strong, independent, unique, and whole. They deserve safe spaces, amazing teachers, and access to education and resources to become their own version of their favorite rare flower.