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Thorns and Roses

Updated: Jun 24

5.31.2020

Hard to believe that we are at the end of May and traveling into June.

When I was a kid in girl scouts there was a tradition at the end of every camp out. We had our Thorns and Roses circle. Each person shared their observations and critique of the trip.Thorns were the things you didn't like and Roses were your personal highlights.

I don't know if the big wigs at Girl Scout Council knew that this was a great exercise for living in crisis, but in line with their motto of "Be Prepared", this practice can serve us all well.

Thorns and Roses is about balancing perspective. If we only look at one part of the rose plant, it will impact how we perceive its beauty. If we marvel at how nature can blend two seemingly contradictory element, it may move us into a more awe inspiring place.

When sending out an email to my business consulting clients this week, my business partner came across this quote:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -unknown

As we continue to move forward into the unknown, take a moment to balance your perspective. Take care as you continue to navigate the thornier elements of daily COVID life and rejoice in the small elements of normalcy that are beginning to bloom.

Here are some other contemplations on perspective:

Ways to Combat Covid Perspective: This article goes into some of the science of perspective and some ways to stay on the rosier side of things.

The Perspective Less Taken During Quarantine: 10 Tips To Raise Your Spirits


Always be open to a new perspective: This short video is a good reminder for all of us.

Why perspective is so important



Moving through this together. Stay Safe.



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