Today we’re going to talk about flowers.

Not just any flower, but more specifically, the rose. Or rather, the anatomy of a rose.

Think of a rose’s petals. Then move down to its bud. Then, its thorns.

This is a beautiful metaphor for anything you approach in life:

There is the fragrant, beautiful, vibrant part: the rose.

When the rose is in full bloom, it has realized its fullest potential. It thrives in the environment it needs.

Next, consider the bud.

The bud is newness, a vulnerability of what may or may not be. When a rose is just starting out, it must battle the elements to survive. It needs time to grow, and an environment that will allow it.

Finally, consider the thorns.

Without the thorns, a rose may not feel as precious. We appreciate the brightest of days when we’ve gone through the darkest of days. Whatever this may be for you, know that there is hope and a silver lining, and you know this more when you’ve experienced the thorns.

In design, we have a “rose-bud-thorn” exercise where you list out everything about the current design, to find the opportunities for improvement (the thorns), the potential (the bud), and the most successful features of the design (the rose).

When you consider your life, what is the rose? The bud? The thorns?

When you get clarity on this, you will start to get clarity on where you can improve and what you want to be patient with over time. And most importantly, to make sure you always have time for the roses.

The challenge: This week, write down 3 lists: your roses, buds, and thorns in your life. Can you see where you might want to remove thorns, grow buds, or appreciate the roses more?


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