May 18, 2014
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Why is the full May Moon called the Flower Moon? I think it was called this by the Native Americans to reflect the flowering of nature now happening all around us. Wednesday night it was so full I was reminded that it is also called Mother’s Moon, the fertility moon. With the temperatures getting warmer, and the gardens ready to be planted and now, to finally get out in the garden in the evenings… enjoying the flower moon of happiness.
For ages on end musicians have written about the Moon’s charms, from Gregorian chants to Moon River. There was a time when Neil Young’s song about the harvest moon gave me happiness, hope and tears of joy. “The full moon, just like children sleeping we could dream this night away……I want to celebrate – See it shining in your eye”.
Flowers express the heart’s emotions. It is called floriography and became very popular in Victorian times: flowers for love, for sorrow, flowers of luck, flowers of happiness. For me, my flower of happiness is the Shiro Kuramata red rose in plexi. All day with me – wherever it will there for ever – never fading away.
Solitude. At the edge of the sea, the happiness to look to the endless sky and sea melting together into one. The sense of pure peace and the tranquility of mind is the closest to happiness I know, the well being of the soul.
Sometimes I think we are wired to be happy, so why does it seem such hard work to find the secret of knowing how happiness can be achieved? You cannot order an emotion. Of course to love what you do is already a big step, but to be “happy as a lark”, “free as a bird” to fly high in the air and to keep dreaming is a happiness to pursue, but perhaps not always catch.
So many tests asking us, “What makes you Happy” have filled magazines and social games for years. What makes you happy? How happy are you?
Impossible questions? A long path to go and to find. But with the Springtime here, finding the answers is part of my happiness.