Monday, March 5, 2012

Until you succeed...

Orchids at the entrance

This weekend I attended the Philadelphia Flower Show.  This is the largest indoor flower display in the world!  It takes place for one week each spring in Philadelphia, PA.  Dresses, hats, store windows, jewelry, patios, even people are on parade, all made----completely of flowers! (Imagine the fragrance) Additionally there is a myriad variety of vendors, tempting you with their beautiful plants, cut flowers and handmade wares.

This brings me to a confession: 

I'm sad to report that a few weeks after I wrote the ballet and the bonsai -- whether it was lack of sun or over-watering on top of the stress from being neglected by the Nutcracker---my Cerissa Rose Bonsai bit the dust...

Nevertheless, in true warrior fashion, I am determined to succeed. This weekend, at the flower show, I bought a tiny new sapling, another Cerissa, this time a different variety.  (I'm sure I've already stressed the poor thing out by transplanting it, wiring it and over watering it, so cross your fingers for a sunny day to help dry it out and get it acclimated to its new surroundings.)

So, what does that mean for the lessons learned in the ballet and the bonsai? What is the point if the little tree didn't make it after all?  The point is -- you don't give up.  You just try again.  Until you break an old habit, until you make a new one. Until things become clear. Until you learn. Until you succeed. You just try again. 

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.


-Winston Churchill


  1. Don the man the dad...March 7, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Wow U have such a way of making one fill with enjoyment and excitement at the love of plants and ballet. The idea that what is the point is like seeing the sun through the forest after being lost in the thick pines and knowing you have found your way home. love....

  2. Thanks Dad! It's true trying again