December Flower Power

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floral frameNarcissus – you know this flower as a daffodil, though the botanic name for it is narcissus.

This flower got me thinking about narcissistic behavior in our society.

Everybody needs a little me, me time and self-love now and then.  Just make sure when you’re self-absorbed your sponge isn’t contaminated with self-centered toxins that can cause a behavioral bacterial infection.  There’s a fine line between self-preservation and selfish, self-centered behavior.  Be sure to keep yourself in check or you might find yourself reflecting on nothing but yourself.

According to mythology, Narcissus loved himself so much he died waiting for himself.  What I do know is that love works best when it is shared with another living creature.  Love is great when it’s shared with a mate.  But it’s also grand when shared with a family member, friend, or produced by providing random acts of kindness.  Love is especially sweet when it is given freely and unconditionally from the heart.  Ask not what love can do for you.  Ask what you can do for love.

For the mythology lover in you…

The myth of Narcissus is one of the most known Greek Myths, due to its uniqueness and moral tale; Narcissus, was the son of River God Cephisus and nymph Lyriope. He was known for his beauty and he was loved by God  Apollo due to his extraordinary physique.

The myth of Narcissus comes in two different versions, the Greek and the Greco-Roman version, as both Conon the Greek and Ovid, the Roman poet, wrote the story of Narcissus, enhancing it with different elements.

The Greek Version of the myth of Narcissus

According to Conon, Aminias, a young man fell in love with Narcissus, who had already spurned his male suitors. Aminias was also spurned by Narcissus who gave the unfortunate young man a sword. Aminias killed himself at Narcissus’ doorstep praying to the Gods to give Narcissus a lesson for all the pain he had provoked.

Narcissus was once walking by a lake or river and decided to drink some water; he saw his reflection in the water and was surprised by the beauty he saw; he became entranced by the reflection of himself. He could not obtain the object of his desire though, and he died at the banks of the river or lake from his sorrow.

According to the myth Narcissus is still admiring himself in the Underworld, looking at the waters of the Styx.

The Roman Version of the Myth – Ovid

The myth presented by Ovid the poet is slightly altered. According to this myth, Narcissus’ parents were worried because of the extraordinary beauty of the child and asked prophet Teiresias what to do, regarding their son’s future.

Teiresias told them that the boy would grow old only if “he didn’t get to know himself”. When Narcissus was sixteen he was walking in the woods and Nymph Echo saw him and felt madly in love with him. She started following him and Narcissus asked “who’s there”, feeling someone after him.

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