I’ve been asked why I use flowers. This is why.
Three years ago, I started working on Power of the Flowers. Motivated by my own challenges, I wanted to find a space to communicate with other women who had dealt with similar things, to find a community who understood what I’d been through and how I felt. As I worked to construct the site (www.poweroftheflowers.com), I kept bumping up against a concept that has been repeated in many poems, songs and other works of art: women are like flowers. Each one is different, and yet each one is beautiful.
Although we look different, have led different lives, have been raised in different cultures, practice different religions, I believe that it is the challenges that we’ve faced, and the internal traits we each possess that helped us overcome those challenges, that can unite us.
Externally different. Internally similar.
When another has been unfair or unkind, working to respond with internal beauty, showing respect and love even when neither has been shown to you can be difficult. Rising to challenges using internal strength, and pulling from that reserve of resilience when you get knocked down is also difficult. We’ve all been there. And we will be there again. Knowing that we are different, but yet we all encounter similar challenges, is something that can, and should, bring us together.
Collectively, these are our flower powers.
Now, go forth and use them.