|Lynn explains why she chose the baby's breath|
Jill asked us to pick two flowers from several vases she had set up around the room. The first flower we were asked to choose would represent "who we are now." She guided us to choose a flower that somehow depicts our present self. I chose a sunflower. It is bright and colorful and big and sunny. Its face opens wide to the sun and possibility. It reminded me of living in Africa which are all those things to me.
The second flower we were asked to choose should represent who we want to be. I chose the peony. It is one of my favorite flowers which happens to bloom (in the northern hemisphere anyway) in May, my birth month. I also relate to the structure of the peony. It is multi-layered consisting of many, many petals which slowly unfold before it is fully bloomed. I do believe in learning something new every day. The more petals the better!
Jill then asked us to pick out two little laminated cards from a bag. On each card was a single word. The first card we chose would partner with our "present" flower and the second word with our "future." My sunflower word was "freedom" and I think that word needs no explanation considering my present circumstances! This is probably one of the most unencumbered times in my life. I am relishing the freedom I feel here in South Africa. I feel boundless.
My second word was "hope." I may have to have a private session with Jill to see beyond the obvious connotation regarding my future.
Here's to freedom and hope! Here's to flower power!