Sunday morning flower arranging. I set out thinking this was something I could knock off my “to do” list; something to just get done. Armed with scissors and my basket, I lopped off the dead heads on the roses and collected an armload of perfect Black-eyed Susan flowers. As I wandered from the front garden to the back, time slowed, the list disappeared from my mind and I thought about what I was doing. I focused on Eckhart Tolle’s advice to do everything with intention and purpose. Every move I make is not wasted but part of the larger step towards seeing life as a creative process.
After stuffing two vases full in a haphazard way, I set down my basket and collected up my three Ikebanas and a slim Waterford crystal vase.
I looked at the shape of each vessel, then studied the form and size of the flowers. I cradled the first Ikebana and selected this simple stalk.
I know, it sounds a little too “Woo Woo” to say the vases and the flowers spoke to me. Maybe it was something deep inside of myself that was speaking to me. I worked slowly, immersed in the simple task.
Stepping back to admire my work, it occurred to me, creating beauty in my life, even something as small as a fresh flower arrangement, should top the “to do” list every day.