I am a person who thinks that the universe gives us signs. I don’t always pick up on them, but I try! One thing that was interesting in my life is the appearance of the iris flower. When I was working with the designer on my first book, The Liminal Space, I sent her some pictures of my gardens. She chose the picture of an iris that is on the front cover. Dahlias adorn the back cover (one of my favorite flowers). I didn’t really think too much of it except that they were beautiful and the spaces between the flowers could symbolize liminal spaces.
Fast-forward a year later when I bought a poster with lyrics from one of my favorite songs. I hung the poster across from a painting by my dear friend Kelly. Again, I didn’t think much of it. One night, I was looking at the poster and it dawned on me – the name of the song is “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. We can talk about what the flower symbolizes after an internet search: eloquence, hope, wisdom, communication, and faith – all things I love and hope to embody! To me, the sign is that my book was meant to be and I’m on the right path. Thanks to the universe for understanding that sometimes I need to be reminded with a very large sign. I’m incredibly grateful to be on this path.
Artwork by my friend, Kelly Thompson.
My favorite lyrics from the song "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls:
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
Let’s chat soon.