Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ginkgo - Hope, Peace, Resillience

When this leaf blew into my path last fall, I had no idea about the revered significance of the tree or the meaning it would have in my life.

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you might remember that my word for this year is HOPE. Hope for the future. Hope for today.

I think of the Japanese, who are suffering so much because of the earthquake and tsunami. After reading this article, I came to understand a bit more about the reverence in which they hold the tree and why. I hope that these trees survived and bring them much comfort in their time of trial.

I have always loved the Ginkgo tree. The leaves are beautiful. In truth, I didn't know that they could be grown in Minnesota because of the climate. Obviously, I was wrong. This little leaf that blew to my feet as I was walking Pixie proves me wrong and gives me hope. Hope for today. Hope for the future.


somethingunique said...

wow that just gave me chills what are the chances that this word has meant so much to you this year and you come across this leaf i think that is a symbol for something good to come for all that you are hoping for. ttfn L:)

Patty said...

We need hope. I'm glad you found some!

cindydolezaldesigns said...

That's what I pray for you. Hope, peace, resillience.

Maggie said...

I grew up with a ginkgo tree in my front yard. They are beautiful, but I never knew they had such meaning. Fortunately ours did not drop fruit. Around the block was a different story. I think those fruits smell worse than Pixie's gas. Seriously. We would see Japanese people picking up the fruit and wonder how they could eat something so stinky.