As my husband, Mark and I rode our bicycles on the tree-lined streets in our neighborhood this spring, we took great pleasure from the beauty and fragrance of the flowering trees and shrubs. We drew in deep breaths as we passed by the Viburnum, honeysuckle and lilac, and experienced their sweet scents.
One particular street is lined with Bradford Pear. The white flowers appear in early spring and bring a magnificent burst of color. We made our route purposeful when the buds started to open in order to be surrounded by the canopy of flowers that the street trees provided. Last week, for three consecutive days, we biked that route.
On the fourth day, as we approached the street, I mentioned to Mark that we should ride by again.
He said, "The flowers are faded and there is nothing to see."
I turned to look down the street and saw a sea of white blossoms on the trees and said, "No, those tress are in full bloom!"
I was amazed at what Mark said. How could he have seen the same trees as unattractive and past their prime flowering time, and I saw them in full bloom? Obviously our perceptions at that moment in time were amazingly different. This was an odd dichotomy.
We steered our bikes to ride down the street anyway. (Sometimes I can be very persuasive!) Then we had a discussion about our differences of opinion.
I can see no point in arguing or trying to convince Mark about his perceptions. We just see life from different vantage points. Perhaps my view of life tends to lean towards optimism. Maybe because of my spinal cord injury and the life I have regained, I view things differently. My view of life may differ from others as I see abundance in my world and life full of promise.
Spring is an ever changing season. One strong rain storm or heavy wind removes the blossoms from the trees. The growing cycle that follows brings on the new growth of leaves, followed by the emergence of fruit. For some life is one bad season after another. For others, life is a bountiful harvest. Some people choose to spend their lives focusing on the faded flowers, while others see their lives flourishing with flowers.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a speaker and writer. To book her to speak at a conference, or to subscribe to her free monthly inspirational column, go to: www.rosemariespeaks.com
Rosemarie conducts presentations that bring out the best in people, to help them achieve goals, and take charge of their lives. Rosemarie helps her audiences discover their inner strength. Her core message is focused on sharing information, strategies, and life lessons that provide the tools to LIVE LIFE WITH CONVICTION.
She is the author of "Take Back Your Life!" and is Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2004.
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