The Flowers We Cherish
Weeds and flowers grow up together in our gardens.
There are some weeds when cultivated that are just as beautiful as flowers.
The Smile is the Number One Expression of Your Identity.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.
In the dental profession dentists are entrusted with having the opportunity to
enhance the way you look through Cosmetic Dentistry.
We go about creating gorgeous results in the aesthetic zone of the mouth,
the same way an artist meticulously creates a masterpiece.
White fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges all are used to form our smile makeovers.
One of the most precious masterpieces found in nature is the flower.
A flower is one of the most difficult subjects to paint because of it’s
rich vibrant color scheme. The Bible says, “Even King Solomon in all his majesty does not compare to the splendor of the lilies of the valley.”
When you think of the flower what do you see? Are you blown away by it’s vivid palette of color, it’s variety of shapes and textures, or it’s exotic bouquet?
A long day has ended at my dental office and staff are preparing to clock out and go home. Just before closing, a smiling, well dressed man enters the waiting room with a lovely bouquet of flowers. He is the boyfriend of a staff member.
She sees him and acknowledges his presence. He hands her the flowers and quickly leaves.
After his exit she angrily hurls the bouquet into a waste basket and completes a cleaning cycle of her work station. Everyone clock out and lock up for the evening. I finish another hour’s worth of paperwork and head for the door. Retrieving the flowers from the trash, would score major brownie points at my home.
Heading for the parking lot, guess who was sitting in deep conversation?
The staff member and her boyfriend! Flowers cradled in my arm, left me feeling like a deer at night, staring into glaring headlights.
“I’m going to place your flowers in water,” was my reply. They both smiled and headed for home.
I could have moon walked back underneath the 2 inch door jam.
On another occasion (in the mid 70s) during summer vacation, not sitting around waiting for the fall semester, a TWA Get-A-Way Card was used in booking a vacation
to Jamaica. Every nice outfit owned, was jammed into two suitcases.
Arriving at the airport, baggage weighed in 40 lbs. over the weight limit for international travel. This was at a time when
regulations were lax. They pardoned my inexperience and all was forgiven.
When you’re having fun, two weeks may feel like a few days.
The last day of the trip, people met at my hotel, wanted to venture into the countryside to dig up seedlings to take home.
We placed moist tissue around the flowers’ roots, placed them in baggies and mailed them home.
Three weeks later, a letter from the Dept. of Agriculture was received, stating what a terrible thing I’d done and to never do it again. The flowers had been in quarantine and finally passed inspection. To this day 35 years later my mom displays the pink flowers in big flower pots every summer. These are my most memorable flower stories.
On a more serious note, have you ever really examined a flower? Not the silk or plastic version but a fresh cut flower.
If you have one available, study it for a few minutes and chat with yourself regarding what you see and sense about your new found friend.
Go beyond the obvious presentation of the flower.
Appreciating it’s fragrance, the velvety texture and intense eye-popping colors, may
discover the reason why it was purchased or brought in from the garden to beautify.
An artist or photographer will study the flower to capture it’s essence.
The intricate design, fragility, posturing, health or lack there of all come into play.
The statement that it makes, here for a fleeting moment in all it’s grandeur and splendor, then starts to wither away.
So is the precious gift we call life.
This is the message that was expressed in the halls of a mental health center where
I had the opportunity to work. Cries of suicidal ideations and gestures were brought to a higher state of consciousness when we could deliver this message.
Life, like the fragile flower is so fleeting. We are here in this universe for a short time and must make the best go of it that we can.
It’s difficult to have a quality life when we are unconscious through drug abuse or anything else that allows us to stay in a non-attentive state for very long.
Can you imagine if we as human beings took the time to appreciate one another the same way we appreciate the flower?
Many prophets throughout the ages have come to tell us in their own way to be conscious and wake us up.
A good place to start is from within. The stronger the inner being the stronger the man. To get stronger calls for a good diet of food for the spirit.
There are excellent resources. My favorite is the Bible, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “Seek and ye shall find.” Many Bible verses will get you treading on the right path.
Seek to attack the problem, never the person.
When there is stress and strife get all the facts before making a decision.
Nothing causes more upset and damage than jumping to conclusions during a crisis.
List all your options so the best solution can occur.
Within every problem are the seeds for resolution of that particular problem.
Find those seeds and sow them for we reap what we sow.
A good harvest only comes when you plant in fertile soil.
Nature provides a great example for us to follow.
A weed is unwanted in our lives yet, we see them growing everywhere,
even in poor soil and harsh conditions.
If a garden was a good metaphor for one’s life, the best way to keep weeds out of your garden is through prevention.
We constantly pluck weeds from our gardens.
The weeds exist as the hard times and difficulties brought on when we are unconscious and not willing to confront life.
Depression, anxiety, and lack of joy, all grow the weeds in our lives.
Cultivate your relationships so they are allowed to grow in fertile soil.
What makes your soil fertile is love, joy, peace and caring to name a few.
Treat the person who has weeds growing in their life as the beautiful, tender flower that they are to become.
You will see the weeds start to vanish and in their place will be the flower.
“Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed. Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves the soul to bleed. Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need. I say love, it is a flower, and you it’s only seed.”………..excerpts from song, “The Rose” written by Bette Midler.
Study the growth of weeds and flowers to appreciate how both grow in your garden.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz