Growing up in California, I was taught that lilies were exotic flowers imported from far away. Any wild lilies in the area where I grew up were considered invasive and although no efforts were made at eradication, they were often treated as weeds and removed from pristine lawns and yards. After spending 25 years in Japan, I moved to Ohio and was pleasantly surprised to find bright orange wild lilies growing abundantly in many fields and roadside ditches. Eventually, I learned this species was native to North America and was widely known as the “Tiger Lilly”, thus the name of the native maiden in James Barrie’s now legendary stage play, Peter Pan.
The world around us is alive with color and sound. Often, there is too much information to absorb, and our minds become overwhelmed with data. Every individual has a different tolerance level for data overload. Some individuals are only comfortable when immersed in color and sound, while others prefer silence and monochrome. There are also individuals who drift between immersion and stillness, sometimes favoring one, sometimes the other.