"It is better to plant flowers than to build monuments." - The Bhutanese Guide to Happiness
We've been home from our Bhutan adventures for over a month now, but I still tend to escape to the Kingdom of the Clouds whenever I have moment to day dream.
I'm a sucker for a formal garden. How lovely to get lost wandering around the parterres of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte or the Chateau de Villandry marveling at the perfection, the symmetry.
But in Bhutan, the gardens are decidedly informal. No imposing order over nature there. Even in the most ornate temples and fortresses, flowers are allowed to mostly just hang out and do their thing.
Something else about the flowers in Bhutan - they're everywhere. From the most revered holy places to the humblest farm home, in remote villages and the capitol city. Bright and cheerful and, well, happy.
So what lesson do the flowers of Bhutan have to teach us about happiness? Perhaps that we don't need to constantly prune ourselves to perfection, or be so worried about symmetry. We're beautiful enough just as we are?
Or maybe that we just should go plant some flowers.
It's hard to be unhappy with them around.
Hope your Wednesday is blooming beautifully! XO