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Wild Flowers

personperson Don't believe everything you thinkThe liminal space Veteran

This is certainly an opinion coming from my perspective, so I don't want to claim that this is the ultimate, best way for everyone at all times, etc.

I've held this view over the years that there is a spectrum of a view on how to live in the world.

On one end you have people who want to be hearty and resilient to life's challenges but don't put much stock in the beauty of the individual. I think of this sort of attitude as like lichen (the thing that lives on rocks). Lichen can grow and live in very harsh conditions, you can walk on it and it will be fine, etc.

On the other end of this spectrum are people who want to be beautiful people but don't put much stock in being hearty and resilient to life's challenges. I think of this sort of attitude as being like a hot house orchid. Orchids are incredibly beautiful flowers. But if you change the humidity or temperature by a few degrees will wilt and die.

I prefer being more like wild flowers (or maybe for myself more like day lilies). They are also beautiful, but thrive in the open, wild spaces. They can stand up to fluctuating conditions and bounce back if trodden on.

FosdickVastmindShoshin1lobstermarcitkoDavid

Comments

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    Wildflowers are strong
    Wildflowers are bountiful
    Wildflowers are beautiful
    Wildflowers are free

    lobster
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    I prefer being more like a little weed (dope plant) myself... ;)

    Vastmindlobster
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    My thinking is, if you cannot be open to the beauty of the individual, or indeed the beauty of all of life’s various expressions, then why are you alive? Man does not live by bread alone, there also have to be roses, perfume, soft and wonderful things.

    I’ve always had a liking for cherry blossom trees, I’ll be one of those.

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    I prefer being/resemble climbing roses.

    Climbing roses are vigorous, …. Not only do they provide a plentiful amount of blooms and fragrance, but they can also play a strong and versatile utilitarian role in the garden. They can make a dramatic addition to a landscape. Be careful…stiff and thorny stems.

    =)

    personlobsterShoshin1David
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think The liminal space Veteran

    I have a small garden with day lilies. I praised wild flowers, but perhaps I'm more like a day lily. They're hearty perennials that only require a bit of maintenance pulling weeds and removing dead flower stalks. Mine bloom twice a summer and continue to grow.

    @Jeroen said:
    My thinking is, if you cannot be open to the beauty of the individual, or indeed the beauty of all of life’s various expressions, then why are you alive?

    Feeling like I'm making a contribution to the people that I love and society in general. I hope that's the right answer... what if its not?!

    Man does not live by bread alone, there also have to be roses, perfume, soft and wonderful things.

    Yes and you can't eat perfume.

    marcitko
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Yes and you can't eat perfume.

    Ah ha. That is why I would be a rosemary, sage, or thyme. A mint. Chives. Modified grass eg lemon grass. Or a Yew tree (edible berries but spit out the pips). So many choices.

    Maybe I will just sit in the dark and grow into a mushroom. As we all do ... B)

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran
    edited July 2

    @person said:
    Yes and you can't eat perfume.

    And what of the ‘practical’ person who uproots the last rose bush in a hundred square miles just in order to plant a few more stalks of wheat?

    It’s possible to appreciate the beautiful things in life, and still be a hardy survivalist.

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think The liminal space Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @person said:
    Yes and you can't eat perfume.

    And what of the ‘practical’ person who uproots the last rose bush in a hundred square miles just in order to plant a few more stalks of wheat?

    I imagine there's a special place in hell for them along side the 'romantic' who uproots all the wheat to plant roses.

    JeroenVastmindDavid
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    @person said:

    @Jeroen said:

    @person said:
    Yes and you can't eat perfume.

    And what of the ‘practical’ person who uproots the last rose bush in a hundred square miles just in order to plant a few more stalks of wheat?

    I imagine there's a special place in hell for them along side the 'romantic' who uproots all the wheat to plant roses.

    You’re being reasonable again. Might want to watch that ;)

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think The liminal space Veteran
    edited July 2

    @Jeroen said:
    And what of the ‘practical’ person who uproots the last rose bush in a hundred square miles just in order to plant a few more stalks of wheat?

    .

    You’re being reasonable again. Might want to watch that ;)

    Ditto

    JeroenVastmind
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