[bloom during adversity]
There’s a row of beautiful cherry blossom trees in front of the botanic garden in Memphis. They are truly breath taking and I cherish it and look forward to it each year they bloom. This year, they bloomed quite a bit early than normal which I’m grateful for because it was right before the quarantine started and a lot of people got to enjoy them. What amazes me about them most is how the blooms hang on during some of the roughest storms Memphis gets during the spring. I mean, torrential house shaking storms but yet these beautiful blooms, albeit not all of them, survive through it and then all of a sudden, they all fall off. It’s a beautifully strange day to walk under it on that day, snowing these beautiful petals.
This has been my reminder for this time. I’ve been struggling creatively, mentally, spiritually and just keeping my pessimism at bay. During this time I need to stay holding on to what I know is truth, my anchor, my solid branch and when the storm passes, I will still be able to show beauty still and then change seasons. This storm will pass. It will be different afterward but beauty can come during it and after. Keep holding on, friends.