Change. What a beautiful word. It is a verb and a noun at once. It is full of motion. Full of action. Full of tension. Full of potential.
Change is powerful. Scary. Forward looking. Motivating.
Change. You are not used to it. Change. You get used to it.
Happiness. Something so many of us want so badly. We could give anything to be happy. We crave for happiness. Just like for a nice hot chocolate...
Happiness. But what is happiness? How do we experience happiness? What do we feel when we are happy? What makes us feel happy? When was the last time we were happy? Truly? Deeply?
These are just some of the questions I have been thinking of recently... and what a mere coincidence, just in the run up to the International Day of Happiness...
Where ideas grow. This is the message that greets you upon your arrival. Literally. Not only a fantastic introduction to the South Pacific region, a wide variety of flora and ever changing landscape, but a truly inspirational place. To wonder around (the world, too). To learn. To play. To relax. To reflect.
I'm an absolute flower person. And a plant person. And a tree person. No wonder I have been so looking forward to our visit to the Auckland Botanic Gardens. A beautifully and well designed huge space that welcomes every visitor right from the start! And where culture meets nature. For free!
Sempervivum - the rose of the rock garden. Its name comes from two Latin words, semper and vivus - "always and forever alive". Beautiful, meaningful, inspiring. Just like the plant, defined by its qualities and character. Determined to survive in harsh conditions. Resistant. Seems tough from the outside but really juicy inside. The less is more type. With a little pink twist on the sides. Simple. Pure. Nothing fancy, just natural. Yet stunningly decorative when in full bloom.
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