I bought myself flowers today!

I bought myself flowers today!  I also vow to buy myself flowers as often as I can for the rest of my life.  I no longer have to wait for a handsome prince charming to arrive at my doorstep with a lovely bouquet of flowers nor do I have to anticipate a special occasion for my loved ones to gift them to me.  I take the initiative to buy them for myself.

A few months back I was listening to one of my favorite audio books by John C. Maxwell called 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself.  The last motivation tip states:

“Buy yourself flowers and every time you look at them let them remind you of how colorful your future is going to be, how fresh your thoughts are, how easy it is to honor yourself, how much power you have to make your environment beautiful, and how sweet the smell of the Universe can be.”

This was a potent statement because up to that last tip the book had talked about writing lists, relationships, getting creative, taking action, etc…Which are all wonderful tips but this last tip was strategically tip 100 for a reason- because it is the most powerful tip and in a slightly higher energy field than the rest.

Often times we wait for the world to provide us with the opportunity to be happy.  We wait to see what card will be dealt to our lives so we can react to it.  We can be guilty of sitting back until things get better or worse.

Being happy and living in a beautiful environment is an inside job.  I used to think that life was treating me unkind then I realized that I AM LIFE and I treat myself however I want.  We tend to think that magical outside sources have control over our life and our feelings.  I have spent years of my life on autopilot allowing people and circumstances to predict my present situation and set my mood.  As I walked past the flowers at the grocery store, I wondered why it took me months to take John’s advice.

Today I take control over my life and my environment.  Flowers are a small kind gesture to myself but they will remind me of the control I have over my life and my feelings. They symbolize freedom from outside forces and the ability I have to honor myself.

Buy yourself beautiful flowers today- they don’t have to be expensive and it can be just one if you like. You can also find your own different way to honor yourself. Make your living area beautiful.  Our home is our sanctuary and it is where we can prepare ourselves to face our inner and outer world.

I would love to hear the way you honor yourself daily.  Leave a comment below and let me know

-by  Sol Ballard


  • R.J. Umberger 'blog

    Reply Reply November 24, 2012

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  • Meaghan

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    What an awesome message! And the up side of buying yourself flowers is that you get just the right ones exactly when you need them 🙂 I love your comment about life treating you a certain way and your realisation that ‘I am life and I will treat myself the way I want’ I will be looking up John C Maxwell – sounds like a great tape.
    Thanks for the post

    • mindbodysol

      Reply Reply November 29, 2012

      I am glad you enjoyed this post, Meaghan. I love John! You must listen/read Failing Forward- very inspiring!

      PS After posting this blog I actually had a “handsome prince charming” show up at my door step with with a lovely bunch of flowers for me.

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