Oh Pussy Willows!

There doesn’t seem to be very many options of house plants to choose from in the winter, but I came across a few while at Trader Joe’s.  I was immediately intrigued by this simple tree that stood about 14 inches tall that had no leaves nor buds, and its branches looked like naked weeping twigs.  I read its manual to discover it was a Pussy Willow and since I have a brown thumb that could easily kill a cactus, I read on.  

Apparently the weeping pussy willow is among the most graceful of trees and the manual stated it symbolized all that is feminine-dreaming, intuition, emotion, enchantment, healing, and revitalization.  Supposedly the willow has long since been recognized as a sacred tree by poets, philosophers, and religious leaders because of the flexibility of its twigs; symbolizing resilience and inspiring us to move with life.  

Its symbolic meaning resonated something beautiful within me.  I wanted to look at that willow tree every day to remind and inspire me of the very things it represented.  I picked up and admired each willow to find the one I really wanted, but when I finally chose one, I was seduced by the tallest and most radiant orchid that would be absolutely perfect for my room! I exchanged the pussy willow and went through another selection process to find the best orchid.  

I found my orchid and compared it to the willow that represented so much depth.  After asking myself, “Would I rather have depth or beauty?”  The orchid quickly found itself back on the shelf  because I already knew the answer.   For the essence of depth is far more beautiful than the sake of beauty itself.

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