Who could use more gratitude in life? Maybe all of us. The celebrators. The downtrodden. The fearful. The complacent. Ones looking for light in our hearts. Ones where darkness makes appearances too. Join us in trying to see gratitude in new ways with this set of 36 cards of plant drawings made to help transform thoughts into action by helping us embody complex emotions connected to gratitude. Pick a card at random to receive a special message from the natural world.
Here is our pick for the week:
14 pasqueflower (destiny): What is something you feel called to do? Try to notice what makes you come alive.
The story behind the drawing: This drawing was the first in a series inspired by stories my father told me about flowers he remembers from his hometown. I drew this image from a photo of a Korean pasqueflower which based on folklore is also called “grandmother flower”. As the drawing came to life, I felt it had a strong likeness to a spider (the spider in Louise Bourgeois’ famous Maman sculpture came to mind) and the message the flower seems to “say” to me was: pay attention to your destiny.
I do believe the concept of destiny is powerful, terrifying and beautiful all at once. The birth of our physical and spiritual selves into this world is a miracle made possible by both our actual mothers and also from the more elusive archetypal symbol of mother – our destiny.
Can gratitude for our destiny help us pay attention to what we feel called to do and what makes us come alive so we can live our life to its truest potential despite how terrifyingly beautiful it can feel at times?