Jean’s Word of the week: ROSE
Jean Edelman: Wonderful to be with you this week. I hope you are having a wonderful week. Today, I want to ask you a question. What is your favorite flower? How special is it when we have flowers around us? Most of us love a beautiful flower garden. The warm sun brings out the amazing colors of these beautiful, beautiful flowers. And how special is it to give and or receive flowers? Oh, it must be a special occasion when the flowers show up. And a flower brings a smile. A flower softens our heart. A flower represents love and caring. Flower sends the message that someone is thinking of us.
Now, I want you to hold on to that image of the beautiful flower. Or your most favorite flower. What are the positive feelings that you get when you hold it or you see that flower? Now, what if you're having conflict with someone? What if after we offer this beautiful flower in our imagination they stop screaming or being uncomfortable? What if when we offer this flower, their entire demeanor stops, it changes. It changes to something positive. What if we have the power to change the world around us with our thoughts, our actions, and using our imagination to diffuse a situation? It's possible.
So here's our action item for the week. Pay attention to how flowers make us feel when we come upon a situation or a person where there's conflict. Practice taking a breath. Smile and in our imagination, offer them a beautiful flower. Observe how the situation changes.
So you know what my word of the week is? It's the ROSE. Because that is the most beautiful flower.
The R is for rise. To rise above the drama. To not get pulled into the situation. Because these situations just drain our energy. And they drain our time. Remove ourselves with a smile from whatever it is that is not in our best interest to rise above.
The O is for oasis, a place of calm in the midst of chaos. We can make our own oasis when we stop, breathe and smile and step away from the fray.
The S is for shield, to protect. It is healthy to have boundaries. We want to protect our time. We want to protect our energy and our resources. So when we flow with life, we are the captain of our ship. Don't let those tugboats latch on and start dragging us in a direction that we don't wish to go. We captain the ship.
The E is for embrace. We want to embrace our life and what is important to us. We can't do that if we're depleted by others tugging on us. Embrace what's important. Embrace our path and our journey.
I encourage you this week to find some flowers, something vibrant and joyful. Focus on how they make us feel. Share them with others. And when we're having a bad moment in our imagination, share that with others. Have a wonderful, wonderful week, everyone.