We often hear of the sweet fragrance of cherry blossoms. Cherry blossom fragrance is faint, not sweet, more of an earthy scent. Not overwhelming, it lightly grabs your attention as it wafts through the air. As you turn to find the origin of aroma, you are taken in by the physical beauty. These delicate pale pink petals, almost paper thin, reach out and pull you in with their gaze. They seem to be nothing more than eye candy to many. To the birds and the bees, they are sustenance, shelter, hope and possibility.
I look at these blossoms and think of how beauty and scent lingers long after one has walked away. Have you ever known someone who has remained with you long after their departure? Have you ever known someone that every memory of them brings a smile to your face and fills your heart with warmth?
I carry people in my heart for a lifetime. Their kindness and humility often propel me to be a better person. The combination of their love and compassion is a beauty that far surpasses physical realms. I absorb them, and shall remember them fondly as long as my mental capacity will allow. While I might be attracted to people of physical beauty, it isn’t enough to keep my attention. There has to be a genuine benevolence about them to win me over.
I for one, and am sure you as well, would rather be remembered for being real and down to earth rather than a sickly sweet kind of fakeness. I think each of us want to be remembered by the beauty of our actions. May we each become one day the lovely scent or glimpse of beauty that brings a feeling of goodness to someone.