In a Flower we see Beauty, Fragrance, and Softness, yet we do not see the Roots below which Empowers all the qualities of the Flower. The beauty of the Flower cannot exist without the Roots which feeds it. We in the same way express who we are by the Roots which dwell deep inside us. Today it is Ash Wednesday where in the Christian Tradition we examine our Roots to see how well we are Flowering our inner selves. All Religious Traditions have a period of purificatiion and transformation. It is important for us to examine those Roots in our lives, for without the Roots there can be no Flowers. Flowers and Roots are the Stuff of life. How well you Flower on the outside depends on how strong your Roots are on the inside.