Saturday Evening Post: #148.1 Humbled by Onion Grass

Not often I add an addendum to a post, but the wonderful responses to last Saturday’s Onion Grass, really reached out to me.

Thanks to all those who commented and opened up a little about their thoughts on creativity, awareness and the emotions that flowers have across a range of cultures and communities.

Always good to have a touch of feedback that gives me a little tug on the old heart.

And humbling in the way that Lao Tzu would say,

See others as yourself. See families as your family. See towns as your town. See countries as your country. See worlds as your world.

Who would have thought a tiny little unpresuming splash of purple among the vastness of the sedges and weeds at the local water basin would reach to touch so many of us.

Thank you again for taking the time to ponder and rejoice.

3 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post: #148.1 Humbled by Onion Grass

  1. Lao Tzu is one of those people whose work you can read in an afternoon, and then take the rest of your life to think about. Another favourite of mine is Marcus Aurelius, and here’s what he has to say about beauty:

    “Everything in any way beautiful has its beauty of itself, inherent and self-sufficient: praise is no part of it. At any rate, praise does not make anything better or worse. This applies even to the popular conception of beauty, as in material things or works of art. So does the truly beautiful need anything beyond itself? No more than law, no more than truth, no more than kindness or integrity.”

    … which of course leads the mind on to John Keats and:

    “Beauty is truth – truth beauty. That is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

    I think lockdown is making us all more philosophical! (Apart from the selfish and stupid few of course.)

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  2. Your photo of the beautiful little flower reminded me of some thoughts by Rabindranath Tagore from his ‘Stray Birds’ collection of poetic musings:
    “We, the rustling leaves, have a voice that answers the storms, but who are you so silent?”
    “I am a mere flower.”
    ‘God expects answers for the flowers he sends us, not for the sun and the earth.’

    Stay safe, best wishes…


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