A helping of hope from a simple rosebud

Nature reminds us of our innate desire to strive ever upward toward the sunshine, as we see in this insightful essay, which you can share with your colleagues.

Communicators, we know your colleagues are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. It can be anxiety-producing for many, which is why we’ve launched a series called “Inspiration Break.”

Consider sharing an inspirational story, anecdote or essay that offers perspective, such as the one below. If nothing else, it’s a brief respite from an otherwise stressful day.

As spring rolls out, we see flowers, trees and shrubs beginning to bud.

These days, that might be happening on the other side of a windowpane, but those nascent blooms and green stalks are harbingers nonetheless of brighter times ahead.

As happens with blossoms, so shall we emerge from darkness and solitude and strive toward a sunnier reality and, ultimately, a joyous convocation with friends old and new.

With that in mind, consider these thoughts from Dr. Carmen Mariano:

Picture a rosebud. It has color, but little else, because its petals have not opened. They have not shared themselves with each other or with the world.

As time passes, some buds remain closed, until their stem weakens. Eventually, the weight of the bud bends the stem and the rose turns downward to die. And die it does—with its head

bowed and its beauty hidden inside forever.

Other buds do better. They blossom. They bloom. Their petals share their beauty. And each petal’s beauty is different in tone, in size, in shape and in color. Together, those petals

give beauty. Together they define beauty.

People are like roses. They can remain closed. They can keep from sharing themselves with each other. If they do, they will die with their heads bowed, their growth stunted and their beauty hidden forever.

But if people bloom—if they blossom—if they share who they are with each other, the result is beautiful. Their world is beautiful. Their lives are beautiful.

So, bloom, blossom, and share your beauty and your strengths with each other.

Taken from Bits & Pieces.

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