Wednesday Vignette – hope

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t happy to put 2018 to rest. I really, really was, for so very many reasons. That said, who can tell what the future brings? Will it be better? Will it be worse? What can we do to ensure a fair and decent life for coming generations of Earth’s diverse cast of creatures?

One of the ways we deal with the idea of “future” is hope – manifested in a kind of naive way of viewing time – as if the difference between yesterday and today truly IS something “new”, and not more of the same. To that extent, the progress of time in itself IS probably linear, but our planetary travels around the sun makes our experience of it cyclical, as the seasons, seemingly endlessly, come and go. So yes. As the birth of our New Year falls soon after the darkest day of our Old Year, it might make sense for us to perceive the future as new and brighter. In the safely foreseeable return of longer days, it will be.

Paeonia mlokosewitchii - red shoots

Paeonia mlokosewitchii – the red shoots of Molly the Witch.

There are signs in my garden that supports the notion of futuristic optimism. The part that made me grin the widest was seeing the angry, bright red horns of Molly the Witch (Paeonia mlokosewitchii) poking out of the ground. I like her can-do attitude. I choose to let her badass insistence on life and truth be my guiding light and inspiration, and trust that she will work her magic yet again. There were so many instances in 2018 that made me feel utterly hopeless, and yet complacently giving up is the very LAST thing we should allow ourselves to do. Obama was right. We really ARE the change we want in this world. Which still means we’d better get on it! There is no lack of larger-than-life problems demanding our focus and attention. Just pick one, and have at it, with everything you’ve got! With that in mind, I wish all of us a future of the vision, clarity, resolve, courage, passion, sound mind and priorities, health and prosperity we need, to each make a noticeable and powerful difference in the new year. So, cheers, friends! Here is to a better 2019! May it be our best year yet!





About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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14 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – hope

  1. May 2019 live up to your hopes

  2. Tina says:

    I love the name: ‘Molly the Witch’! I don’t know that plant, but I am sharing your hope for the coming year. All each of us can do as individuals is what we can do–Obama was also right about that: we have to stay engaged and active, all the time, not just once per every four years. I hope we’ve learned our lesson(s) and that clean-up won’t be too onerous. Wishing good things for you and yours, and heck, for everyone!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina – and right back at you! It’s the only peony I grow. It’s pretty, rather short bloom time, but I think the leaves are very beautiful. It’s what caught my eye, long before I saw flowers. LOL!

  3. Kris P says:

    Hope is critical to our sanity. I was feeling relatively despondent about the state of the world during the holiday season this year and, although I fully expect the next 2 years will have their share of turbulence, I have hope that 2021 will be wonderful if we all maintain our focus and keep up the fight.

  4. ks says:

    What I really need to do is give myself a week off from reading the Washington Post and focus my entire attention on the garden. I’m sure I’d feel better, if just fro a few days. Happy New Year Anna!

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, Kathy – I think the same thing, but then I find it completely impossible to look away. I’m pretty sure there is a word for that phenomenon – to want to avert ones eye when witnessing a wreck, but not be able to. Just can’t think of it right now. And I can’t stop reading… (but I did play in the front yard this afternoon, and it was WONDERFUL!!!) Here is to a 2019 with lots of playtime!

  5. Peter Herpst says:

    Oh yes, we must never give up hope. The garden teaches many valuable lessons doesn’t it. Happ(ier) new year, my friend.

    • annamadeit says:

      I agree – it is far too important to one’s wellbeing. Even if it’s somehow become interchangeable with stunned disbelief. Here’s to a wonderful year for us all, Peter!

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