Plants provide air. We feed them
water and they give us oxygen in return.
Businesses provide products. We pay them money and they fulfill our needs.
Social networks facilitate sharing. We supply the content and they enable us to connect online.
None of these things could exist without dependency on the other. Everything is based on symbiotic relationships. We all scratch each other’s backs so we can move on with the business of living.
Naturally, wherever there’s a bond there’s a thaw or antagonism somewhere else. Did we over/underwater the plants, disrupt another business, or criticize someone online?
Never alone, we're always willing to cooperate but equally waiting to fight.
When I was out on vacation, I expected my plant to die. Instead, it grew ever wilder and lost its yellow taint.
The “less is more” approach is always something to consider when we find ourselves over-producing and burning out as a result. This goes for anything from work to working out.
Had I not disrupted the weekly watering routine, it may have died. All my plant apparently needs now is a bi-weekly watering and continued sun.
Everything needs time to rest and reconnect. Patience feeds growth.
I finally got around to visiting the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx this weekend.
A Botanic Garden for the Nation
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of participating in a fragrance tutorial at International Flavors & Fragrances in NYC. One of the most important tips about smelling fragrances is to move the test strip back and forth under your nose. Our teacher taught us that our nostrils alternate between open and closed so the only way to capture the true smell is to waft from both sides. The second lesson in fragrance testing
One of the most important tips about smelling fragrances is to move the test strip back and forth under your nose. Our teacher taught us that our nostrils alternate between open and closed so the only way to capture the true smell is to waft from both sides. The second lesson in fragrance testing is to use our right brain. The right brain is responsible for emotions and gets highly activated when we smell.
Our instructor never told us the ingredients to the fragrances. Instead, we smelled the fragrances with our eyes closed and announced the colors we saw. It’s magical how our brains always associate the unknown with an image. Our brains crave certainty. Sometimes I smelled light green, Vietnam, and saw castles and mountains; other times I smelled black licorice. When one sense promotes another it’s called synesthesia. This is how blind people can paint. Music too conjures up images in our head.
When one sense promotes another it’s called synesthesia. This is how blind people can paint. Music too conjures up images in our head. A fragrance is our dreams, not words. The ingredients, nodes, distort the pure magic of the emotional experience in smelling fragrances. Smell is too easily commoditized. Our teacher passionately vouched for a return to the dreamy quality of fragrance. Colors mean something but words used primarily for marketing purposes distort what fragrance is for in the first place. The essence of a fragrance is in the emotion.