A Symbol of Life

You know you have just experienced something profound when you find it impossible to describe. With some time, you might find weak comparisons, analogies, that give a sort-of idea, but you're never able to capture the experience 100 percent.

Symbolism, in its many forms, can fill in the gaps, and finding the symbolism within an experience can form a foundation within which can be built on for all of your life.

David Zen-Kennedy calls this photo "The Last of the Tulips." When I saw the photo, it "spoke" to me of all the beauty, the life that exists, even though we can't see it.

So much of what is beautiful, profoundly life-changing, meaningful and valuable is invisible to the eye, yet we tend to base so much of what we think and believe on only the things that we can see and touch. By doing so, we are trapped, reduced to only the mundane, objective, tangible to wall ourselves into the smallest portion of our selves, one third of what we actually are.

All it takes is one symbol, one photo, one word to realize how much of yourself you have shut off. Yet, it happens. Day-to-day life demands much of our energy and focus just to survive. But there is so much more; more beauty, more energy, more everything that is life. To ignore it, neglect it, to let it whither and flounder in the depths of our souls is to deny ourselves and the world of the magnificence within each and every one of us.

What symbolizes thought, thinking to you? It is unseen, it is impossible to describe, yet proof that it exists is everywhere. Our philosophies, our sciences, our ethics, morals and values, though equally invisible to the eye, form our societies, our buildings and inventions to become a part of the mundane, yet most of what is was born from something far beyond the touchable.

In what ways do you know love? It is not just the touch or the kiss or the words spoken, but the feelings behind and conveyed through those mundane actions. The simple, typed words of "It would be good to see you" can send a heart flying as a love that once was comes alive again with all its intensity and completeness. Only the words are visible, but what they mean soars above the mundane and into the true realm that is life.

Find your fire, your creativity, your life beyond your physical senses. Share it, give it in symbols so that others may find their life as well.


  1. I like your insights Theresa and I like the photo. Hopefully you will continue to have strange things happen so you can blog about them like your weird truck scenario. Hope things are better on the Son front.

  2. Oh, I don't know Jude. Those weird things were sort of unnerving at times! I'd settle for different.

    Tim is doing well, busy building his own life. Our schedules conflict, so I don't get to see him much.

    So, I'm trying to stay busy building my own life. Lots of ups and downs there, but ok overall.

    As always, it's good to hear from you!

  3. Theresa - I am so glad that you liked the image of the tulips. . . You've written a wonderful posting. Thank you.

  4. David, it's the image that inspired! I couldn't get it out of my mind once I saw it, and thank you for letting me use it!

  5. Beautifully articulated Theresa