My mom had a green thumb. She could keep any plant or planted flower alive for years. One of her favorite flowering plants was orchids. She loved the dramatic curve and the delicate flowers. She had a knack for keeping them alive and thriving for years. A couple of times I found orchids I thought she would love. I carefully brought them home reading the instructions and tending to them so they would make the perfect gift. However, by the time they made it to her doorstep the blooms would fall and the sad gifts never reflected the hope I had of a lush and luxurious present.
I was reminded of her love of orchids yesterday when I visited the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden designed by the gifted Lily Kwong. The many varieties displayed on rocks, wood, soil, and other surfaces was a pageant of natural wonder. Walking through the conservatory was a collection of eye candy, elevating the joy of connecting with nature.
Though the pictures don’t do the show justice, since snippets of the show don’t reflect the wonder in its entirety, I wanted to share some of the beauty found there. The Botanical Gardens, open spaces, and natural settings continue to be the balm for the everyday challenges we face.
- A gentle reminder to do things that please all your senses. It doesn’t have to be at once. Listen to something wonderful, music, the spoken word, a lovely soundscape. Sniff pleasing scents. Look at something beautiful. Touch things that alight soothing feelings. Taste something delicious.
- Throw out old spices if you’re able. They lose flavor. Plus, it can feel more exciting to cook with fresh or new ingredients.
- When someone says something that hurts your feelings, ask them if they meant to upset you or hurt you. Sometimes we react, and the person has no idea they hurt us. Plus, we get a better sense of how they think, and it delays our instinct to react.