Friday, October 12, 2012

Like Water For Roses

Water. It's an amazing element. A powerful force of nature. A feminine, or yin, force of nature, according to ancient Chinese belief. One of many lessons God scattered around us in terms of wisdom.

Have you ever noticed how water run its course along the current? Next time you happen to see a river or even a tiny bubbling brook, stop for a while and take a closer look. When water hits a rock, it doesn't insist on pushing through by force. It just glides smoothly and gracefully around the obstacle, gently but purpose-fully continues to flow in its original course to the final destination. And along the way, it makes the greens grow. It satisfies those who are thirsty. It cleanses. It gives life, everywhere it goes.

"For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down
And do not return there till they have watered the earth,
Making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to him who sow and bread to him who eats,
So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
But shall do My will,
Achieving the end for which I sent it."
(Isaiah 55:10-11)

When I was younger, I was very headstrong and stubborn. (Well, I still am!) I saw flexibility, courtesy, and yielding to others as a sign of weakness. I focus on my ego instead of the end goal. On the momentarily flame of temper instead of the bigger picture.

Now I learn to take example from the wisdom of water.  Sometimes, many times in life, I need to comply and yield instead of forcing my way through. It doesn't mean I'm being wishy-washy. I keep the same destination in mind, but take some alternative routes because the highway is closed. It won't do good to force my way through, I might get hurt or hurt other people unneccessarily. And I'm not, and don't want to, become a childish bully who feels superior by making other feels inferior. When you are truly superior, you don't need to put others down. You don't respect people because who they are, but because who YOU are.

Who would dare to say that the flexible water is weak? Have you ever heard about tsunami? Have you ever read about the big flood in the Bible? Do you know that it can crack a giant stone with just tiny, but continuous drop?

And if it is believed that water represents the yin, the feminine, the female, then femininity must be very powerful indeed. And graceful. And life giving.

Afterall, doesn't 80% of human body consists of water?

For today's ensemble I try to incorporate that flexibility by combining pieces that I don't wear often. The 100% pink cotton shirt that is less than crisp since I was too lazy to iron it after doing my laundry. The knitted coral cardigan that is pretty but scratchy to the skin. The rose pin is a DIY project (I'm sure I can use a lot of this one!). The fanta color, flowery bag that is lovely but difficult to combine with anything since it has a very particular pink color.

The result is not so bad, isn't it? At least, I think so!

Pink cotton shirt: Marks N Spencer. Black pants: LOFT. Coral cardigan: unbranded, one of my Plaza Semanggi Jakarta Great Sale 2011 haul. Rose flower pin: DIY. Pink sandals: Yongki Komaladi. Fanta pink bag: Hana. Bracelets: Plaza Semanggi and Jerusalem buys. Heart shaped earrings: Lotus Department Store.

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GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

It is certainly good to go with the flow. I used to be young and stubborn too, and have now learned to accept other ideas.

Lovely outfit. I like the colors.

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Lisa said...

So pretty. The color of your sweater is unique; it is rose colored. You look pretty.

Bobi Jensen said...

That pink is SO pretty!

Would love to have you join my weekend linky party!


Becky Goddard-Hill said...

You look lovely Do come and lik up at my new linky frugal friday fashion show

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Lovely outfit! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Kori said...

Love the sweater! Thanks for linking up honey! Kori xoxo

~julee~ said...

You look lovely!

Mariel said...

Love the cardigan and pretty!

I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

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Redheaded Daybook said...

Pink is def your color. Love your pairing and that cardigan is very cute

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You look as pretty as any rose!

lawyerdoll said...

I saw your pic on "Visible Monday", and just had to say how lovely it was... the shades of inks, the rose at the neckline. So pretty!

Denise said...

Bless you beautiful.

Lisa said...

A beautiful post and equally beautiful outfit. I love the pink and the rose.

Miriam said...

you look beautiful and so feminine. Love this look. Thanks for joining in with WW

Pamela said...

Stunning! I love the pink on you - those shoes are so pretty!
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WTFab said...

Pretty outfit post! Saw you link up at a bunch of link parties. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop and added it to your list Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

Olya said...

Agree with comments above, you look very good in pink. I also love your oversized handbag! :-) And thank you so very much for sweet comments on my blog!

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