“When cherry blossoms
-Issa, Japanese haiku poet
As we move into spring, my heart is ready for the warmer weather, more sunshine, and new growth. One of the artists I follow from Japan put out a cherry blossom themed postcard and sticker sheet this month to mark the beginning of spring. The moment I saw her illustration of the beautiful, delicate blossoms, I couldn’t get it out of my mind! I just needed to draw some blossoms myself. I took inspiration for my little blossoms from this album cover from the Korean drama, One Spring Night (which I highly recommend you check out on Netflix, by the way).
As I worked on my illustration, I wanted to find a quote about cherry blossoms to go alongside it, so I began reading haikus about the flowers. The one I’ve included by Issa impressed the fleeting nature and magnificent beauty of the cherry blossom. I’ve been considering lately the brevity of each day and of life as a whole.
I am often spending each day in survival, quickly moving from event to event, even in this current pandemic world. I have been struck the last year by how much I hate discipline, and yet, need it in my life. My goal is to begin to find a balance between discipline that helps me reach my goals and deadlines, but which also allows me the freedom to stop and watch the cherry blossoms scatter. I am beginning to see discipline as the vehicle by which I am able to complete my tasks and have enough free time to do what I wish.
Rather than feeling that I am barely surviving, I am working towards finding joy and beauty in the process of learning discipline. I like to imagine that cherry blossoms have no care in the world, but truthfully, they know their purpose and are content in doing it, in growing, blooming, and falling. I am working on knowing my purpose and finding contentment in doing it. I hope you are content as well.