On Fleurting with Disaster

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On Fleurting with Disaster

This is not my “normal” blog post. I wanted to pop in here and wish everyone a Happy Easter.

It’s hard to believe that the forty days of Lent has already passed, pretty painlessly, actually. I have definitely had my moments, but largely, I’ve been pleased with how well I stayed true to the commitment I made to be more aware and more present. I’m not finished blogging by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve learned so much, but have so much more to learn.

Today, I’ve been reflecting a bit on the path I’m traveling. The symbol of the fleur-de-lis seems to play a large (yet subtle) role in that path. I’m not entirely certain why I have always been drawn it. I do remember when I was in about fifth grade we were studying flags and that is where I first learned the word “fleur-de-lis”. At the time, it was the fanciest word I knew. I tucked it away and since then, I smile when I see one. I eventually learned fancier words, but still loved the simple elegance of the fleur-de-lis.

My mom sent me a link to a post from Louisiana Heart and Home which gives a little history about the fleur-de-lis, it means “flower of the lily” (as it turns out, my name, Susan, derives from the Hebrew name, Susannah, which means… Lily).

Several years ago I woke up one morning with an epiphany about making candles. (Actually, the epiphany was to make my own lotions, but that research instead led to candle making.) I named my company Epiphany (as in “idea” or realization) Chandler (candle maker). I settled upon the logo of a fleur-de-lis that looked like a candle flame. I hope to one day market my candles through my blog site. We’ll see!


As you know from reading my blog posts, I love New Orleans. I had never been to Mardi Gras until I was an adult. The longer I lived in the Deep South the more the spirit of Carnival season seeped into my bones. Over time, Mardi Gras has become my favorite holiday season. It’s simply joyful. It is my love for this beautiful city that keeps me connected to the fleur-de-lis. My daily struggle to try to do the right thing, to try to make the right decisions keeps me flirting (fleurting) with disaster.

Happy Easter and Namaste ya’ll. even though my forty days of Lenten reflection are up, I’m going to continue to post, continue to grow and observe and write. I hope you continue to join me and bring your friends! There’s plenty of room here and everyone is welcome!

photo credit: 澎湖小雲雀 via photopin cc

photo credit: Brad Armentor via photopin cc

 

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