Starting the week in blush baby pink with the tulip, a truly extraordinary flower which has inspired both art and poetry with its delicate blossoms and its past steeped in legend. Originally from Persia and Turkey, tulips were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where they were named to reflect their turban-like appearance when in full bloom. Elegant and graceful, it is easy to see why they have enthralled sultans and obsessed nations.
A symbol of abundance, prosperity, and indulgence, of charity and supporting the less fortunate, red tulips symbolise perfect, enduring love, whilst purple blooms signify royalty and yellow, pure joy. National flower of Turkey and Iran, floral emblem of Netherlands, tulips are typically given as a gift on the 11th wedding anniversary and with their exquisite form and bold colours have become one of the most loved flowers on earth. Amongst the first to bloom in early spring, tulips symbolise new beginnings.
Turkish legend tells of Prince Farhad who was so distraught at the death of his true love that he rode his horse over a cliff. It is said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."
Monday motivation from the beautiful tulip, inspired by the incomparable Bishop Michael Curry from the midst of the post-wedding haze, and very much in keeping with the theme of redemptive love.Do you know your worth? You are royalty, you are loved in the purest way possible - endlessly, abundantly, overwhelmingly. You are valued and valuable. That simple truth in itself is a gift. A gift to be shared with everyone with whom you interact - a charitable donation to those who are less fortunate.
Happy Monday, have a beautiful day.... .
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