"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Martin Luther King
This photograph of a quince blossom lying on a mountain of salt sums up how i felt just over a month ago when I found out my dear friend Elsita and her daughter had to cancel their trip to visit me this month for reasons beyond their control. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I felt like the air with all its life sustaining ability had been suddenly squeezed from me. I felt tired, uncreative and more uncommunicative than usual. I felt if I stayed in this place for very long I would soon be become desiccated just like this blossom if it stayed on the bed of salt.
Nature brought me back from this temporary void.
Nature also inspired me to create a special stone, a gift to elsita, to show how we are joined in time and space even though we have never actually met. I know that with the infinite hope spoken of at the beginning of this post , it will happen.
Without Elsita , her encouragement, endless talent and creativity, humour , humility and kindness resurrection fern and all that has unfurled from it would not exist. And if none of this existed it would mean i would never have had the great pleasure of "meeting" so many of you amazing people. Wouldn't it be wonderful for as many of us as possible to meet some day.
I had been planning to write this post for a while now but was really prompted to complete it this evening after picking up a very special parcel from California at the post office today. I will share the contents of that after i have come down from the clouds.
Note to self: shouldn't you actually mail that special stone to your friend now :)