We had the distinct pleasure to attend Shelby Gardens “Flowers In Bloom” Christmas light extravaganza this past week.  New members of this wonderful facility, I am constantly amazed at the versatility of this gem in Sarasota.

As we reached the end of the gardens on Sarasota Bay, in the afterglow of another gorgeous sunset, we were greeted by the view pictured above.

A Wishing Tree. Volunteers and peopled gathered below at tables. Writing their wishes on ribbons.  Different colors for different wishes. Red for confidence, courage vitality. Green for change, freedom, ambition.  And more. We wrote our wishes specifically for loved ones’ health. A problem for several close family members this year.

The ribbons were then tied to the tree or the lit baskets hanging from the tree. Laden with multi-colored wishes swaying gently in the breeze.

The colors. The movement. The setting. The people, young and old.  Releasing their wishes out into the Universe.  Profoundly simple.  Deeply moving.

On this eve of the New Year, take a moment to make a wish.  My wish for you is that it comes true.

Happy New Year.


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