Over the course of life there are many things that we love or fall in love with. So lets take each category and delve into the nuances of loving those things that bring a smile to our collective faces:
Flowers across the board mark significant events that highlight everything from birth to death, promotion/acknowledgment, the initiating of a thoughful gesture, or even the beginning of a relationship. To follow are a few of the different varieties of flowers and what they represent:
1. Symbolically roses repesent romance. The red rose is a universal symbol of love across many cultures but beyond that, the rose can symbolise a variety of feelings depending on their variety, colour and number.
2. Daisies symbolize innocence and purity. This stems from an old Celtic legend. According to the legend, whenever an infant died, God sprinkled daisies over the earth to cheer the parents up. In Norse mythology, the daisy is Frey's sacred flower.
3. The Lily is a symbol of purity and fertility. The sweet and innocent beauty of the lily flower has given it the association of fresh life and rebirth.
4. Orchids are highly coveted as they appear exotic and graceful. They represent love, luxury, beauty, and strenght. The spiritual meaning associated with its elegant style and grace highlights virility and sexuality.
5. The most known meaning for Tulips is perfect and deep love. As Tulips are a classic flower that has been loved by many for centuries they have been attached with the meaning of love. They are ideal to give to someone who you have a deep, unconditional love for, whether it's your partner, children, parents or siblings.
The next subject that always, subjectivly, brings a smile to the collective faces of many, is music. Whether it's a song heard for the first time or a song you've heard a thousand times, the memories, the artist, the beat, the meaning, all coincide with that inner smile. The appropriate genre explains the perfect seduction for the release of pheromones that translates to a connection rarely accomplished with any other sensory experience.
Groups such as the Beatles, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Earth Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers, or Steely Dan, always connect a very special time, memory, event, or people I've loved, or currently love. Then there are the artists such as Michael Franks, Peter Frampton, Michael Jackson, Sinatra, and of course Paul McCartney that weave a web of musical phrasing, lyrics, and tonality that captivates the mind and releases the heart to sore.
Along these lines of human connectivity and sensory immersion, we have food. How many times did a meal represent to you more than just sustenance? Were there times that the meer mention of a particular dish brought back a memory of a place, person, or time that ultimately brought a smile to your face? Are there meals based upon the artistic expression, service, and atmosphere that launched you into an experience by which all others would be judged?
We might all not be florists or musicians, but I'm pretty sure that most have prepared a meal. This task reveals a lot about a person's commitment to themselves and others. The quality of the product is usually more important than the skillset. Why? Because to produce something for others, taking your eyes off of yourself and focusing on the composing of a meal is a repersentation of a selfless declaration to those you love and care about. No restaurant can duplicate the added ingredient of love even though they perhaps have the skill to far outdistance the presentation.
"Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." Mark Twain
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