Every once in a while, something that has become so ordinary catches you the most extraordinary way.
Ranunculus has always been one of my favourite flowers. Ever since I laid eyes on one my first year of designing, I have been in love. I had the opportunity to visit a flower farm in California a few years ago with thousands of ranunculus blooms in every colour you could think of. It was a life changing day of inspiration for me & I thought I would never lose that feeling. I have since used them in more weddings than I can count & slowly over time they lost their jaw dropping effect on me. Or rather I lost the ability to be shocked by their beauty.
As a person who works with flowers almost every day you realize pretty quickly that you stop smelling them. I love walking into the studio or flower shop after a week away & being hit by the wonderful smells once again. A couple of times a year I am around a new flower or a rose with a particularly spicy scent that totally changes my day. That is when I am reminded of how much I am missing on an ordinary day. We so quickly become numb to some of the most amazing things in this life.
Today, I was at the Tanya List Design Studio & we processed a little bunch of ranunculus that didn't really stand out to me. After I plopped them into a bucket the blooms tilted towards me & I could't stop looking at them. Each one in the bunch had a slightly different tone & a beauty of it's own. My gaze kept returning to them & it struck me that I had become so use to beautiful things that I stopped enjoying them. I am so thankful for that reminder & I never want to take it for granted again. I am able to do what I love & I'm surrounded by beauty all the time. That is something to hold onto & never become numb to!
The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
-Joseph B Wirthlin
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