“People where you live… grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… and yet what they are looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water… But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. One of my favorite books as a child was The Little Prince , and I have to thank my 7th Grade teacher, Mrs. Estin, for exposing us to this inspiring piece of literature. As I ponder and wonder and stare at this orchid that was given to all of the actors who performed in The Vagina Monologues a few weeks ago, I am reminded of the Little Prince and his rose. His rose was unique to him; she looked different than all the other roses because he loved her.
It’s funny. I’m barely a week into this daily creative blog, and already I am seeing things differently, paying attention to the shades of yellow, the slit in the sides of the petal, the curves and folds and vibrant, waiting, bursting bulb. I have looked at this orchid longer than I have ever looked at a flower. Maybe I have blog brain (a preoccupation with trying to figure out my next blog post before the day’s end) or maybe I’m wearing bloggles (seeing everything as a potential blog theme). Or maybe doing something creative every day is having an effect on me, changing me in a good way. Maybe this is what it feels like to look with the heart.