Where does “wise orchid” come from? My middle name means “wise orchid” (it’s similar to Mulan, which means “wood orchid”), so no, I’m not intending to be an egomaniac in referring to myself that way!

And why gravity and levity? It seems like life is marked with both, and it’s important to keep them in balance. Too much of one or the other is no good, although we might have seasons where one dominates over the other.

Here are some quotes which I feel capture the tension between gravity and levity.

“The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.”

— Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs Which)

“Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.”

— William James, “The Will to Believe”