The corona-crisis is a source of adversity that challenges each of us on many levels. As you cope with uncertainty, instability, and fear, it is important to remember that good things usually happen right alongside bad things.
A rose is a perfect symbol of the duel nature of adversity. Sharp thorns that can cause hurt and buds that foreshadow future growth usually accompany a beautiful rose. When bad things (thorns) happen, good things (roses) and growth potentials (buds) usually accompany it. When life is thorny, roses and buds are not always easily apparent. But when you look a little closer, you will usually find them. And if you can’t find them in the midst of adversity, they will appear soon.
Here’s an exercise that helps you build resilience during difficult times as you acknowledge thorns while identifying the roses and buds alongside them:
1. Think back about your day. What was one of your thorns? This is a stressful, difficult, or painful experience you had.
On difficult days it can be hard to find roses and buds among the thorns. If that’s the case for you today, be kind to yourself. And be assured, that a rose or bud will soon appear.
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Hi. I’m Alison Ross, founder of Non-Dieting Health in Agoura Hills, California. I’m a licensed psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner specializing in eating and body image. My favorite things are my family, my dogs, yoga and working with my clients.