“We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested.
The flower that wilted last year is gone. Petals once fallen are fallen forever. Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between returned and replaced that the price of renewal is paid.
And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”
~ Daniel Abraham
I taught a yoga class yesterday and wanted to find something to read that was inspiring. Surfing the internet for quotes on renewal, the first page that came up had this quote on it. I immediately knew that it was perfect.
The price of renewal for me is understanding my body, my choices, and my inability to say no. So in this time of renewal, I get to choose the flowers that emerge from my life–not the same flowers on the vine, but new ones that replace the old. Perhaps the flowers this time will be a little softer and little more subtle.
The price of renewal for the people in my community that lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire is greater than anything I can imagine. In a matter of minutes, homes were destroyed. So within this community new flowers will also emerge. These flowers may be bright and clustered as a sense of community is deeper than it was before.
To renew does not mean to return to the same, but rather it means to replace. Absolutely beautiful.