The artichoke has its beginnings in Sicily. Although I am not Sicilian, I am Italian. There are many varieties of artichokes, including one called, Big Heart. My heart is very big and very open to life, God, and connecting with people.
The nursing profession is a profession that offers service to others and focuses on health. Working as a nurse is another way to reflect my 'big heart'. Like the artichoke, nursing is full of healthy tidbits.
The beautiful artichoke that is edible is actually the 'flower' of the plant. It 'blooms' into a purple blue color that has 'layers' of goodness and is soft and tender when you get to the heart of the plant. At my age, my life experiences has created multiple layers of growth. However, since I have been on my spiritual path I have discovered the tender, softness within.