The Bud and the Bloom

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”

Emma Stone

I’m reminded of Elizabeth Appell who also wrote a few lines on the risk to Bud Opening 0814bloom.

and the day came

when the risk to remain tight,

in a bud,

became more painful

than the risk it took to blossom.

(Elizabeth Appell)

Yet Appell, who wrote those lines in 1979, remained silent while greeting cards, posters, and eventually the Internet attributed this “blossom” to Anaïs Nin. In 2013, Elizabeth broke her silence and risked again.

In beauty, we open ourselves to each experience as it unfolds. The bloom will not last but how magnificent the moment.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity in daily doses. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is.  You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page. 


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