Cemeteries are sad but often very beautiful places. With exquisite gravestones, carefully manicured landscaping, and lovingly placed flowers, they provide a beautiful, peaceful setting in which to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away.
Unfortunately, most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one or respected colleague at least once in our lives. And it’s likely that we’ve sent or taken flowers to honor the memory of that person. The giving of flowers to express sympathy and to honor someone’s memory is a beautiful expression of love and respect. It speaks to the impact that individual had on our lives, and expresses our appreciation for all that they meant to us. It is a tradition I gladly support.
But what about our loved ones and colleagues who are still with us? Yes, there is a long-standing tradition of giving flowers on special occasions like anniversaries and other celebrations. But what about the “in-between?”
I imagine that you love and appreciate many people in your life, and not only on special occasions or after their passing. So why wait for a celebration or a funeral to express it? Why not “send flowers” during the in-between?
Now I don’t mean literally send flowers—though that’s great if you do! What I mean is, take the time to recognize and express appreciation for the contributions of those around you on a daily basis. Open your eyes and notice the family, friends, coworkers and colleagues who are there every day, doing their jobs and pouring into your life in little but meaningful ways. Then do something to regularly acknowledge and thank each of those people.
Don’t take anyone’s contribution for granted, and don’t miss your opportunity TODAY to “send them flowers.”