“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” – Mulan
Today’s challenge is whether we believe that the quote from Mulan above, is true or false. My initial reaction was to consider my son and daughter, both of whom face adversity because of their food allergy and Type 1 diabetes, respectively. But I also began to wonder which flowers bloom the best under adverse conditions. So I did a quick google search and came up with the Crown of Thorns…..and I thought….wow, here it is a Sunday morning and the symbolism of “crown of thorns’ is even more impactful for its association with Jesus Christ. And I just finished watching a Rick Steves’ program about Edinburgh that described the St. Giles Cathedral with its ornate spire designed to look like the crown of thorns. Another example of Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, which occurs when a person, after having learned some (usually obscure) fact, word, phrase, or other item for the first time, encounters that item again, perhaps several times, shortly after having learned it. I was just telling another T1 parent about this phenomenon the other day, as an explanation for why we seem to learn of so many other Type 1 diabetics after our own child’s diagnosis. And I just remembered that my son watched Mulan in 2 classes this week–weird, huh?
So here I am in this surreal loop this morning….and am reminded of when I taught a class on archetypes and symbolism to high school students. They fought against the concept of symbolism: “Mrs. C, can’t a tree just be a tree? How do you know it means anything else?” And my response would be that if the tree were merely mentioned in passing, then yes, it was just a tree. But if the writer drew your attention to that tree over and over again, then the tree was symbolic and therefore, had greater meaning. Today, the “crown of thorns” appears to have meaning for me.
And yes, I truly believe that survival against adversity makes one more beautiful…makes the victories that much sweeter….
Have a blessed Sunday!