Fitness/ Motivation

Have You Hugged Your Flowers Today?

Last night, while working on a blog post about support for Fitness Collaborative, I came across this quote:

When you grow and rise above the masses, you will always become a target. Just as the flower grows above the grass, it becomes a target for the nourishment of the rays of sunshine, it also becomes a target to be cut down.

Sumner Davenport

No matter how honorable, diligent or hard working we are, as we work towards our goals, whatever they may be, we may encounter naysayers, negative Nancy’s and the like. But by surrounding yourself by flowers you will be more resilient when these people try to cut you down – reaching goals is much easier with strong flowers surrounding you.

I’ve been very fortunate in my life – I have a garden full of tall flowers supporting me. They are always there to lift me up when something tries to cut me down.

To my husband, children, family and the wonderful people I’ve met through this blog – I love you! Thank you for your support!

Who are your flowers?

Have you told them lately how much you love them? How much you appreciate them?



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  • gaflygirl
    July 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    What an awesome analogy! Surround ourselves with wonderful, strong, uplifting flowers. Thank you mamavation! I love you too!

    • Janice
      July 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

      No problem April – I think the flowers I’ve met through Mamavation are the tallest in my garden. Have a fantastic day!

  • Sarah
    July 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

    That’s beautiful. Just what I needed to read today.

    • Janice
      July 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

      No problem Sarah! Have a fantastic day!

  • Rachel
    July 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Love it!! YOU are a beautiful flower to me! Thank you for your friendship! 🙂

    • Janice
      July 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

      And you are a flower to me too! Thanks for always encouraging me to get out and exercise – I needed that kick in the arse!

  • Jenn of
    July 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Great post. I am lucky to have some amazing hydrangeas growing on my property. I cut some and bring them inside to surround myself. I need to bring home flowers more often when they are not in bloom in the winter too. Good reminder.