The following reflection was written by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider
for the 90th Anniversary of the Bridge of Flowers, October 5, 2019.
Imagination is a bridge!
Today we are celebrating something that connects us –
to each other and to ourselves –
to this physical place that many of us call home.
Home is also something imagined –
something we co-create in community.
Imagination is the soil of community –
because community, like a garden, has so much variety –
so many unknowables, so many differences.
We come together in community through our creativity –
through imagining what is possible.
Creativity cultivates that part of ourselves that is responsive.
Creativity is an essential part of being human.
The Bridge of Flowers cultivates our responsiveness –
to colors, patterns, light, shadow, textures, shapes, sounds, smells –
to the unexpected, exquisite, and delightful –
to birth, death, decay, and re-birth –