Symbol Party

Though indigenous to many Asian states including Japan, Korea, China, and India, our own nation’s Capitol is home to many thousands of cherry blossom trees. These were originally sent as a gift from Japan in 1912 – symbolic of blossoming understanding. Some Japanese generations have believed that the blossoms are reincarnated souls. They bloom quickly, brilliantly and begin to drop their petals just as quickly – a spectacular but transient beauty.

In the Japanese culture they represent the transience of life and are a reminder to honor Buddhist teachings about the transitory nature of life itself. In the Chinese culture they are considered feminine and ripe with potential life.

The concept of blossoming understanding – and, therefore, blossoming hope – along with the message to live fully while you can earns this symbol a place on the Hope Tree. As we wait for our own understanding to blossom, these fleeting beauties remind us to make the most of every day – and enjoy the life we have right now.

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Food For Thought

Hope does not cast a veil over perception and thought. In this way, it is different from blind optimism. It brings reality into sharp focus.

- by Richard Davidson, PhD