Sometimes a new beginning arrives disguised as a dramatic letdown. I've learned that bouncing back is essential to sustaining a creative life.
I found myself drooping today, like the dozen, wilted, long-stemmed red roses in a tall vase on my kitchen counter, standing with their heads bowed. These roses were a gift, received last Friday as reminder of love, constant through failure and success alike. Sad, beautiful, comforting roses.
Not quite ready to part with them, I trimmed them from their stems, nestled the unfolding flowers in a shallow bowl of water.
Disappointment, too, can be transformed.
By trimming the useful and beautiful bits of an experience from those that are not, I can nestle them safely within, until the time is right to move on.
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