Fresh Flowers



Happy New Years!


I’ve always loved fresh flowers and for the last five years I have made the decision to purchase them weekly for no special reason.   It always makes me laugh inside when people (predominantly women) ask me who am I trying to apologize to or make-up with.  I would smile and say, “No one, they’re just for me”.  I guess men can’t buy flowers just for themselves?  What’s up with that?  Don’t answer that question, I already know your response.  😉  


They set in my kitchen and brighten up the room, but more importantly they help brighten my attitude as well.  I read somewhere a few years back that its important for people to do simple things for themselves, whether purchasing flowers, gardening, getting a massage, taking pictures, going for a walk or even enrolling yourself in a class.  The goal is to do something for yourself on a regular basis and not to feel guilty about it.   If you’re a “giver” like me,  you can find yourself depleted on a regular basis and wondering why your energy is so low.  The thing is, there is no one to blame for this, but ourselves.  So I made a change.  A change to treat myself, essentially pamper myself periodically, just because I can, and I should.  


How much do you invest in yourself and how often?  Are you waiting for someone else to appreciate you?  Do you realize it may never happen and you may carry pent-up emotions because of it?  Please understand, I’m not dismissing the responsibility a spouse or significant other should have in our lives, but sometimes (regularly) we need to do something special for ourselves.  And the key is to do it guilt-free.


 Fresh Flowers - Kitchen


As we embark on a new year, its tradition that we set new goals and make resolutions.  Most of these goals and resolutions can become acts of compliance by mid year, and simply no longer resonate with our hearts, best intentions or true values.  What will remain true is what’s really important to you.  That one thing must be…OURSELVES!  If you’re not in a good place, spiritually, emotionally and physically, what type of good can you really be to yourself or to others? Not much would be my answer.


That said, as you begin your new 2015, remember one most important thing if you forget all the other stuff.  That is, remember you!  Put “YOU” on the list for 2015 and get some fresh flowers.  You will be glad that you did.


Keep Pressing,

Hank G




Author: Hank

Twice-divorced, single father of 3. I love to write, share ideas and listen to people. I'm transparent to a fault and love to learn through authentic and intimate conversation. I'm no stranger to pain and loss, but through the struggle I have learned a great deal about me and what's truly important. That is to love fearlessly and to be loved in return in a meaningful way. I love good music and how it takes me to a place... Life is good.

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