The Power of Flowers

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet. Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer (1748-1832)

I’m truly enjoying first-time novelist, Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s, book, The Language of Flowers. This coming of age story is of a girl growing up in the foster care system and what happens to her as she “ages out.”  For me, much of the story’s beauty also lies in what she discovers to be the Victorian tradition of using flowers to communicate feelings and how this shapes her life.

The idea that each flower has a profound meaning–or several–fascinates me and enhances my lifelong love of flowers. I’ve always believed that purchasing flowers at the grocery store is as important to your health and well-being as buying broccoli.

Affirmation: I embrace the power, meaning, and loveliness of flowers.

Coaching questions: What do flowers mean to you? Consider what it would mean to accept the idea that flowers adorning your table are as important to your well-being as broccoli on your plate.

IMG_1842.jpgA hibiscus from my Marco Island, FL yard. The giver of this flower acknowledges the receiver’s delicate beauty. It also means perfect wife or woman.