Lessons From A Rose Bush
Lessons from a rose bush
Messages of hope and inspiration from the rose bush.
Ask anyone what he or she considers to be the most beautiful and most recognized flower anywhere and they will most likely respond with the “rose.” The rose is given at Valentines’ Day to show love or deep friendship for someone. It is given to moms. It comes in so many different colors, each of which signifies a different meaning.
The life of a rose bush has a nice, predictable rhythm. First you see the red leaves of new growth. Then the buds form. Then the roses bloom. Then they fade, and the leaves and stems grow again. Then new buds set, and new roses arrive. But the plant takes a rest between bloomings, and it makes the roses more beautiful.
I have eyes filled with hope, and I often find inspiration and messages of hope in nature. I trust you will enjoy these lessons I have found in the rose and rose bush.
Quote from Abraham Lincoln
Thrive and flourish, no matter what life throws at you.
1. Roses teach us that, given the right conditions, we will thrive and flourish, no matter what life throws at us.
Given the right conditions, every bud will open up into a beautiful bloom. Yes, every once in a while it might get attacked by aphids or other pests, but with the right treatment, the aphids will vanish, the leaves will green up and the rose will go on to produce beautiful blooms. The same goes with us. Life often attacks us in one way or another, whether it be financial matters, illness or death or other traumatic experience. With education, support, resources, and the proper mindset, we can thrive and flourish. Write a list of what you need to do in order to flourish.
Potential: You are greater than your circumstances.
Don't forget to rest and replenish your spirit.
2. Roses teach us that we all need periods of dormancy to rest and replenish our spirits.
We all needs periods of dormancy to replenish our gifts in order to burst forth and bloom into spring.
The importance of rest.
Protect yourself from harm and predators.Click thumbnail to view full-size
3. Roses teach us to protect ourselves from harm and predators.
Roses have thorns to protect themselves from harm and predators. What are your thorns? Do you lack the ability to say no, so you find yourself saying “yes” to activities you should probably turn down, rather than pay the price for over the next few days? Do you have guidelines that cannot be questioned? Do you have self-confidence that just oozes and blooms forth? Does your character exhibit a “thrive no matter what” attitude?
Remember that each stage of life is beautiful.
4. Roses teach us that each stage of life is beautiful.
The rose is beautiful at each stage of the game, of its life cycle from bud to bloom. Like the rose, as a chronic illness warrior, we have different stages of the illness, different stages of our lives, some which may not be as bad as other times. The rose teaches us to appreciate and try to enjoy each stage, and the entire journey.
Remember that each stage of life is a measure of success.
5. Roses teach us that each stage of life is a measure of success.
The rose teaches us that each stage of the life cycle, from bud to bloom, is a measure of success. As such, as a chronic illness warrior, every day that you work towards your goal is a measure of success. Don’t put off or quit goals simply because you may encounter a setback. Re-evaluate the goal, but do not quit on the goal.
There will be endings, giving way to new beginnings.
6. Roses teach us that there will be times for endings and new beginnings.
Each rose is part of a continuous cycle. The rose teaches that there will be quiet times, when rest occurs, and reserves are built up. The rose also teaches us that there will be times when things happen, new beginnings and ending. Growth occurs at each stage.
Be fully in the moment.
7. Roses teach us to practice mindfulness...to be fully in the moment.
The rose reminds us to take time to smell the roses. Practice mindfulness. Minimize.
Strive toward your goal.
8. Roses teach us to strive towards our goals.
Roses reach toward the light and need a certain number of hours of sunlight in order to prosper. The same goes for each of us. None of us can thrive and grow without goals, visions or dreams, no matter how big or small. So tell me: What inspires you? Do you have a dream to travel? Do you have an invention in the world that the world is waiting for? Are you a composer? Musician? Artist? Spend time building and developing those goals. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who can help you to develop those dreams. Be like the rose and focus on the light to ensure your blooms are full, and that your dreams and goals are fulfilled.
Pruning is necessary to get rid of what no longer serves us.Click thumbnail to view full-size
9. Roses teach us that there are times for pruning, for getting rid of things that no longer serve us.
Roses need to be pruned to encourage new growth and more flowers. Most of the time this pruning is done in the spring time, or when there is no threat of frost, removing old and dead branches to encourage new growth. The same with us. We need to pick a time of the year when we take stock in what areas of our lives need to be pruned, to encourage new growth, and better habits. What old habits do you need to get rid of that no longer serve you? What do you need to leave behind in order to move forward? We all have bad habits that are keeping us back. Maybe we need to declutter our homes. Maybe we need to clean out our closets.
You are all beautiful in your own right.
10. Roses teach us that we are all beautiful in our own right.
All roses are beautiful. Although there are so many varieties of roses, they are each beautiful in their own right. Recognize your own beauty and that of others, and recognize that we are all different.
You each have a story to tell.
11. Roses teach us that we all have a story to tell.
Roses demand attention through their showy blooms and seductive fragrance. Like the rose, we all have a story to tell. We all have a gift to share with others. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and to share your gift.
We all have a story to tell. Famous failures.
Nothing lasts forever.
12. Roses teach us that nothing lasts forever.
The rose reminds us that life is transient, that nothing lasts forever. We wait for the rose to come into full bloom. The bloom opens, wider and wider. The bloom is now at its most beautiful when it is closest to death. The edges will then start to turn brown and the petals eventually start to fall off. So it is with life. Happiness, joy and beauty are all things are transient. So the rose reminds us to enjoy life to the fullest…to appreciate the best of every moment, and every opportunity.
13. Roses teach us that no matter what is going on in our lives, to spread joy.
The rose reminds us that no matter what is going on in our lives, we should be able to spread joy and happiness around. The rose stands on thorns at every stage of its life, from bud to bloom, yet it is able to spread joy around. The thorns represent problems that might be occurring in our lives, yet above all those problems, we sit strong and proud, exuding happiness and joy to everyone who stops by to take in the beautiful bloom that sits on top.
14. Roses teach us to complain less.
The rose teaches us to complain less. The rose does not complain of the thorns that it sits on, or the problems it is surrounded by. It continues to spread joy, even though for the entire life span it sits on those thorns. It chooses to spread joy. The same with us. We can choose to look inward at all the problems we are experiencing and focus on the problems, or we can look outwardly, and choose to spread joy.
Complain less and give more!
Have a lasting positive impact on those you come in contact with.
15. Roses teach us that, no matter the life span, we can still have a lasting impact on those around us.
The life span of a rose blossom is relatively short, hours maybe….a little longer if we apply that special mixture to the water to make them last longer. Roses teach us that no matter how long or short the life span, we can still have a lasting impact on those around us, on those who have the pleasure to enjoy it. The rose brings joy to those who stop by to smell the fragrance. In the same way should our lives leave an enriching impact on those who cross our path, no matter how short or long our lifespan.
Give of yourself fully!
16. Roses teach us to give of ourselves fully to whatever we are doing at the moment.
The rose teaches us to give ourselves fully to whatever it is we are doing at that moment.
We need each other.
17. Roses teach us that we are dependent on each other to fulfill our dreams.
The rose teaches us that we are never able to fulfill a dream without the assist of others. The rose does not bloom for its own enjoyment, but for the enjoyment of those who stop by. It is not able to grow and thrive without the help of the rain and sunshine. The same goes for us. We all have dreams, but are not able to fulfill those dreams without the help of other people. Only by helping others pursue their dreams, are we able to pursue our own.
Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
There is greatness within you!Click thumbnail to view full-size
18. Roses teach us that there is greatness within us.
The rose teaches us that there is greatness within us. The very last stage of the bloom, after all the petals have fallen off produces what is called the rose hip. This rose hip is full of medicinal benefits. These benefits include:
- one of the strongest sources of vitamin C in the world
- rich in vitamins E, K, B (1, 2, and 3).
- Vitamin C in rose hips has been proven to lessen respiratory issues and prevent asthma.
- Antioxidants present in rose hip also help to reduce cholesterol level in a person.
- Rose hips contain a variety of antioxidants like carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols and so on. These antioxidants help to prevent cancer and other cardiovascular diseases.
- helps to regulate sugar levels to reduce the risk of getting diabetes and improves the symptoms of existing cases.
- has diuretic and laxative properties.
- Drinking rose hip tea also benefits the skin. It has a high vitamin A content which is considered beneficial for the skin. It keeps the skin elastic and prevents wrinkles and minimizes the flaws of the skin.
- Vitamin C in Rosehip is responsible for collagen production in the body which is an important element in the structure of bones and body.
- Rose hip is used to treat stomach disorders which includes stomach spasm, stomach acid deficiency, prevents stomach irritation and ulcers.
- Rose hip is also beneficial for the immune system. It helps to prevent infections from both bacterial and viral infections.
Reach beyond your circumstances.
19. Roses teach us to reach beyond our circumstances.
Roses teach us to reach beyond our circumstances , to not be confined by where we are planted.
Reach beyond your limits!
20. Roses teach us that we can leave a legacy.
Life is about more than today, and more than yourself.
What will your legacy be?
What will your great-grandchildren be told about you?
Creating a legacy does not have to be a burden,
it can be your joy and can create
your satisfaction with living each day.
What kind of world do you want to leave your great-grandchildren?
What can you do today to help create that world?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Each flower has a purpose. In spite of the inevitability of their demise, they live because they can. In our lives, there are many passions and interests and noble objectives to pursue. As we seek out different achievements and successes, we must always remember that we live because we both have purpose and because we can. Grow strong and stand tall. Become the best “you” that you can be. Bloom into your fullest and most vibrant of colors.
© 2015 Gina Welds Hulse