The Rose

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One of the most treasured flowers among people is The Rose!   Rose is a symbol used to show affection towards friends, lovers, parents or a new friend.    Each color representing a different meaning that makes you think twice before giving.  One doesn’t want to give the wrong impression.   So the importance of selection is key!

I have only received flowers three times in my life.   Once when I was in high school, some fellow decided he wanted to make a nice gesture to all the women in our youth group so he sent a poinsetta.    Another was some rather wilted flowers a boyfriend at the time gave me, when I was about 17.   And then about 8 years ago, I remember getting off the ferry to be greeted by a man that was a blind date.   I thought he was okay, and that the gesture of holding a yellow rose was sweet.    I am not a woman that has been adorned with many bouquets of flowers, by great men wanting to gain my affection.    So I accepted this gesture as nothing more than a friendship.    Something that wouldn’t last, and it didn’t!

My sister in law perhaps was right, I always seem to end up with the short end of the stick.   I never looked at it that way before, rather than a woman who never understood why men were so blind; to the wonderful woman standing before them.   Then again, they just weren’t the right men.   I don’t deprive myself of enjoying roses, because I have no relationship.  Rather I plant them in large pots on my patio, outside my doorstep.   A lovely yellow climbing rose, next to another favorite.   I love honeysuckle, a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds for its sweet nectar.

For people that are into giving flowers, remember that Yellow is the color of friendship, joy and caring.   Red is the color of love and enduring passion, conveying respect.   I love the fragrance of the pink one’s they are the most fragrant, and leaves a lovely scent along the pathway to my house.   Pink represents, gentleness, femininity and elegance.   I wrote a poem about the rose, and wanted to share it with all of you.   I hope you enjoy!

A Rose!

Shy, yet content in my own way.

Misunderstood, because I find myself stuck among thorns.

A bud beginning to blossom, on a stem that shows no growth.

Nurtured by the water that now feeds my roots.

Planted by the kindness of the hands, that love all that there is about me.

Fostered by pure thought and the intention to do no harm!

I am tended by those hands that have weathered many a storm.

Yet carried on from a passion that moves them forward in time.

I am a scent that lingers on a warm summer night.

Enticing lovers as they gaze into each others eyes.

Warmed by the gift that they share.

A bouquet of tender moments that are timeless melodies,

of two hearts beating at the same time!

(C) Patricia Scoular, 1/29/2016 Ladysmith, BC

If you would like to read about more colors of Roses and their meaning, please click on this link:

Rose Color Facts

Exercise is Self-Care

I have fallen in love with exercising!     I began in November 2014, after meeting a new online friend.    She was excited about Team Beachbody and asked if I would like to join an online fitness group.   Having suffered a fall about 5 years ago, I have been living with chronic pain.   It has been a long and arduous journey!   One that has brought tears, sickness and decrease in pay.    However, since beginning my exercise regime and important medical intervention I am now living my best life in a few years.

We take so much for granted, when it comes to health and fitness.   Until we have something life altering that gives us that wake up call, we either wither or survive.   It’s really about the choices we want to make regarding our health.  No one can make it for you!   Being a pro-active person most of my life, that decision to change my lifestyle wasn’t a difficult one to make.

I have always been a fairly conscious person when it comes to my health and life choices.   I enjoy aromatherapy, massage, acupressure, healthy eating, acupuncture, reiki, healing touch, mountain biking, hiking and other modalities that improve our overall mental & physical well being.    I had been going to a local gym before meeting my new friend, but never got the results I was needing to see.   These beachbody programs are the best I have seen, and the longest I have ever stuck to a program for.

Fitness & clean eating have altered my life in so many positive ways.   Through personal development, as the brain is an important muscle to keep active.    Accountability groups where you get lots of support and encouragement along the way.    They have become a group of friends I have come to count on.    There are many types of programs to try.

I started off with Tai Cheng, which made me relax my muscles, gain better mobility and stability.     I then went on to Slim at 6 where I lost 6 inches and 15 pounds.   I then tried Piyo, which is a combination of Pilates and Yoga.    Then I went on to 21 Day Fix Extreme which really does shred the body in 21 days.    I have noticed a stronger core, better muscle tone, weight loss and positive mindset.    These are programs that truly work.

My pain still flares but I am living a much better life than I was these past 5 years.   I am happier as a result.    I have been talking about self-care and self-love in 365 Days of Love, and this is such an important part of that process.     I encourage you to start walking, eating healthier (if you aren’t already) and begin to pamper yourself.    It might sound like work, and it is.    You won’t regret a minute after starting it.   I am committed to life and want to encourage others along the way.

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