Whenever feelings of sadness or fear rise in my heart, a quick anecdote is a bouquet of flowers
Recently, when I found out that a family member's cancer had come back, my first reaction was a mixture of dread, sadness, and worry. Quickly, I realized there was nothing I could do about a medical determination. What is in my power is being a source of love and support to the person in the midst of pain and sorrow.
Ordering flowers from a flower shop can be an expensive proposition. A local supermarket, however, has a fabulous array of flowers at very affordable prices. In a conversation with the woman who works in that department, I explained that my loved one was very ill and that the flowers were for her. This family member had her own flower garden for years and grew a variety of lovely flowers.
"Could you put together an arrangement of colorful spring flowers?," I asked her, fighting back tears. Within a few hours, the bouquet was done and ready to be picked up. A variety of flowers, all in beautiful colors, had been set in a vase and tied with a cheery pink ribbon. The florist had done an outstanding job with the bouquet and the price was about half what I would have paid in a standard floral shop.
My dear one loved the bouquet. Everyone who sees it exclaims how regal it is.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE FEELING SAD?