A lovely spring bouquet of tulips began to show signs of aging – petals fell off or shriveled and curled on the stem, colors changed, and shapes contorted themselves in unexpected ways.
Not unlike the aging process in our human bodies….
As we age, we begin to lose a lot of things: hair, teeth, tautness of skin, stamina, quickness of reaction, youthful delusions, sometimes even memory and our mind.
How often do we ask ourselves where did the time go? It seems like I blink and another year is gone. I blink twice, and there goes a decade.
To our surprise, as these youthful petals fall away, windows open into new realms. As our outer layers become less of a proud shield we place between our core and the world, what’s inside begins to show through in a new way.
Life’s challenges have a way of laying us wide open. Do we cover our nakedness by attempting to sew the petals back on (a facelift, liposuction, or similar procedure attempting to defy the aging process); or do we accept ourselves just as we are.
Do we dare take a long, deep look at what’s inside and allow that to nourish and define us from now on? Isn’t that infinitely more interesting than chasing those fallen petals?
Can we embrace the new shapes and directions of our life? What beauty, contentment, wisdom, and harmony lies here, now?
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony.