The Cherry Blossom Tree
This may sound crazy to you, but we, as human beings, are actually very similar to flowering trees. Now, I bet you’re thinking, “how on earth can a human being with all its complexities be remotely similar to a flower?” Well, I am going to share with you four unique qualities of a flower that mimic the stages of human life and all our intricacies.
The fruits of our labor
First, most cherry blossom trees, unlike many flowering trees, actually produce fruit (cherries) in the summer. However, these bitter cherries are not typically consumed by people and only desirable to birds. Subsequently, when we work hard, we produce ‘fruits’ or benefits of our strenuous work. Nonetheless, sometimes our ‘fruits’ end up being inedible and we don’t get to experience the “fruits of our labor.” Consider Thomas Edison – it took him 10,000 tries to finally invent the light bulb. Now that’s a lot labor for a single fruit.
The euphoric state of a full bloom
Next, individual cherry blossom trees only experience full bloom for one week or so annually. That’s 7 out of 365 days! Granted, the entire blooming season could last for about a month with each tree blooming at different intervals. Either way, this is what makes experiencing a full bloom so extraordinary.
Since its time of full bloom is quite limited, we have to embrace the beauty in every moment. If you’re a mother, think of the moment you gave birth to your children and the state of euphoria you were in. Although we can’t necessarily recreate those past euphoric states, we can seek out opportunities to grow as a person and reach our full potential. Hence, your ‘full bloom’ could be your euphoria (“an effective state in which a person experiences pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness”).
Did you know that cherry blossoms change colors? Well, as the blossom evolves from the budding stage to its full bloom, its color transforms from different shades of pink to eventually white. In the initial budding stage, the blossoms are dark pink and then turn a lighter shade of pink as they begin to bloom. As their life span progresses, their pink starts to fade to a pale pink and ultimately, to white.
Therefore, if you think of the stages of human life, we begin at birth in our purest state just as the blossom does as a newly formed bud. In turn, the bud of a blossom is a rich, dark pink, vibrant color. Then, as we proceed through life, our life experiences and knowledge of the world cause our color’s vibrancy to fade to a lighter shade. Don’t get me wrong, this lighter shade is beautiful and is best demonstrated when we feel most content in our lives (in full bloom). Furthermore, as we get older into our “golden years,” our color dulls to a paler hue and one day, turns to white.
More petals than the typical flower
There are certain types of cherry blossoms in Japan that exceed the typical number of petals on any given flower. For comparison purposes, the number of petals on a rose ranges from 20 to 40, whereas, a carnation with double flowers can have up to 40 petals. Now, the Kanzan (a double-blossom type of cherry blossom) can display up to 50 petals per blossom! It’s no wonder why people flock every year to see theses copious collections of petals during full bloom.
Now, think of the human body and all its 11 major organ systems – circulatory, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, integumentary, muscle, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal. All of these systems need to run like ‘clock-work’ in order for our bodies to stay alive. In fact, each system overlaps one another just as the petals on a Kanzan cherry blossom tree. As a result, it’s this overlay that gives both the blossom and the human body its complexity and fullness. Not to mention, beauty and individuality radiate from these voluminous, limitless structures.
So there you have an analogy of how the blossom is quite similar to a human being. Honestly, I find it comforting to compare myself to a beautiful blossom. In addition, I am motivated to live my ‘Blossom Best,’ achieve my full bloom, and always be the best version of myself! Feel free to visit my new shop, www.blossombest.com, for all of life’s essentials to live a healthy, happy life!
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