The coexistence of pain and beauty… Reminders from a purple floral carpet…

The coexistence of pain and beauty… Reminders from a purple floral carpet…

By Naomi Holdt

Our enormous old Jacaranda tree is currently shedding thousands of tiny purple flowers under the expanse of its branches… A majestic carpet… It is exquisitely beautiful…

But the garden carpet has also become a feast for hundreds of well-hidden bees, finding delight in the sweet nectar of the tubular flowers… Two painful bee stings in a five-year-old’s foot (and some in a Golden Retriever’s paw) this weekend were a reminder that pain and beauty frequently lie intertwined in the fragments of our world… One does not cease to exist because of the presence of the other…

2020 has been evidence of this… It has been an exceptionally painful and trying year for so many… One filled with losses, frustrations, disempowerment, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, exhaustion… It has been one that many have wished could be forgotten, could be started over, could be skipped entirely…

Take a breath… Acknowledge the overwhelm and devastation… the disappointment and the heartache… This is important…

But before you shut the door on 2020, pause to notice the shades of magnificent light that have infiltrated the darkness of the year….

There has been exquisite beauty too, and the pain does not nullify the radiance of it… It too must be acknowledged…

The momentary slowing of the world’s chaotic rush… Family game nights, sibling bonding, garden camping, rainbow-making, tree climbing, backyard picnics, star gazing, realizing we didn’t need much to be happy, realizing that what we had was enough, remembering that we had each other, and that together, we will always be okay… We all have our own stunning purple-carpeted magical moments…

This year has been hard, my friends… Do not let the sting of it sweep away the goodness that has infiltrated between the darkness… Beauty and pain can coexist… Give both a voice…♥️

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#theyearthatis2020
#floralcarpet
#floweringjacaranda
#livinglife
#goodinthedarkness
#ourpandemicyear
#seethelight
#thequietmamma
#naomiholdtspeaker


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