The Rose and What It Means To Me

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

The rose is a gift I give myself. It grows in my garden. I planted it with my own two hands and it continues to grow, without fail since 1998. I planted the rose with love and it gives love back to me. I love cut flowers from the Flower Shop; but why buy them cut, when you can have the bush? I clipped this rose and placed it next to my dishwasher to get a dark background and this is what I got. At first, I wanted to get rid of the mirrored shadow effect on top but then I decided I liked it there because the rose in front is the real thing and the shadow of the rose resembles a halo and for me, that's Heavenly!

A rose gives me hope. It's a lovely thing to see and it is great to have a home where I can plant flowers in my garden. A garden brings forth love and it's a mutual commitment. I plant; it gives back to me beautiful flowers that I can enjoy for many years to come. People say, why don't you rent? I say, because then I wouldn't be able to plant roses in my garden! I need a rose garden and other flowers to go with my house.

Having a home with a garden to tend to gives me hope, especially in winter. I look forward to the day my dormant plants come back to life, and most of them do. I appreciate the flowers in my garden that have come up, year after year, without fail. This pink rose came from the first rose bush I planted after I bought my home. It has survived many Texas droughts and cold winters. It is strong! Isn't it lovely? I am grateful that it never ceases to disappoint me. For years, I was afraid to clip a rose, for fear I was doing it some harm; however, what I discovered, is the more I clip, the more I get back!

My roses teach me things about tender loving care in the garden. It teaches me patience. It gives me hope and it makes me feel happy! If I could change the world, I would ask everyone to buy their own home and plant a garden. Design your garden to have many different plants, flowers and trees; however, I recommend you plant a rose bush. The type of love you get from your garden, does not disappoint you! For thousands of years, the rose represented love. It's the one thing in my life that stays constant. The rose bush was planted with my own two hands. I trust it to grow and bring forth goodness. It was created with love and devotion and a belief that it would give me joy for life. Even though life does not guarantee joy and happiness, I'm rewarded by the fruits of my labor and I accept its outcome. What my rose bush produces are lovely roses that seems to bloom at times when I need a lift the most. In a way, it's a spiritual journey for the plant and the homeowner and that is why I think the halo effect is just perfect!

Have a great and wonderful day and always remember to stop and smell the roses!

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Joni...that's a beautiful song and one I can identify with. Thank you. I pray you are blessed with God's most choicest blessings.

 

Jul 19, 2011 09:58 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Joshua...thank you. I was filled with joy and happiness. This rose blooms at times when I need it the most. Right now, today, I need it.

Jul 19, 2011 09:59 AM #23
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Maggie...I'm glad you enjoyed it today and I hope to hear from you again soon.

Jul 19, 2011 10:00 AM #24
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Patricia,

You are a delight.  I love how you can turn things into a lovely essay.  You are a very wise lady, and we appreciate it. A

Jul 19, 2011 10:03 AM #25
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

That’s beautiful. I was in someone’s garden a few weeks ago and they had a sign posted on the garden wall: “Planting seeds is a belief in tomorrow.”

Jul 19, 2011 12:36 PM #26
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Patricia, You do find beauty in everything, and give beauty back for all of us! Have a great night!

Jul 19, 2011 01:40 PM #27
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Ah, A, you're an angel and great friend to have in the RAIN. I just love to pour my heart out in the RAIN and lucky enough to have people like you appreciate the things I say. For that, I am lucky and extremely thankful.

 

Jul 19, 2011 06:45 PM #28
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Jim, that's a lovely sign you noticed is someone's garden and it's so appropriate too! Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. You are truly a good friend to have in the RAIN.

Jul 19, 2011 06:46 PM #29
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Ellen, you made me a little misty eyed. I don't think I'm any different than anyone else. There are so many other people who are more creative, talented, smarter... that's what I think. The truth is, I'm a humble person and I don't know everything but I am inspired by things in nature. In a moment, I am one with that something in nature. Thoughts come to me and I can't help sharing. There are times when I think I give too much of myself and then I my fingers won't stop typing away on the keyboard. Does anyone care? I wonder.... Then I receive a compliment, such as the one you just gave me, and I consider it a gift. Thank you very, very much. 

Jul 19, 2011 06:54 PM #30
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
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Patricia, that "halo" effect is amazing.  That is by far the most beautiful photograph of a rose I have ever seen.  And your story is just as beautiful.

Jul 20, 2011 12:08 AM #31
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your beautiful story and your beautiful photograph.

A flower for you from your friend in Maryland.

Jul 20, 2011 12:15 AM #32
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A lovely rose, Patricia. And, it sounds and looks like you tend it well. Being a great gardener is so rewarding.Rose - New Port Richey-FL- www.tweidman.com

Jul 20, 2011 12:57 AM #33
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Laura, thank you so much for the compliment. I thought it was good too and for me, it's a keeper, now framed and photographed on my wall too....forever inspirational.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Patricia

Jul 20, 2011 01:30 AM #34
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Roy, thank you for calling me a friend and for the spectacular rose! Life is better because of roses and other flowers. Life has more meaning when you have friends.

Jul 20, 2011 01:32 AM #35
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Toni, I love your rose! You are always a great inspiration and good friend to have in the rain.

Have a beautiful day and stay cool!

Jul 20, 2011 01:34 AM #36
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Patricia, your rose is beautiful, and I only wish that if I planted a rose bush that I could make it thrive like you have.

Jul 20, 2011 04:51 AM #37
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Pat, I once tested my theory about having faith, hope and charity towards plants. One year I bought myself three dozen roses; then I split them up into two vases. I took pictures every day of the first group and I admired their beauty, giving thanks and praise for their beauty; the second group I didn't pay much attention to, I simply snapped the pictures. For as strange as this may sound, the control group that I paid more attention to looked healthier and lasted longer than the other vase.

I have to confess, it sounds weird, and I never shared my research with anyone, so I took it one step further. The next season I paid more attention and gave more loving care to one rose bush than the other one located in another part of the yard. I got the same results.

Roses are great - we can all learn a lot from following our passion, no matter what it is.

 

Jul 20, 2011 05:49 AM #38
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
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Hi Patricia, Great photo and enjoyed reading your post.  Plants are living things and do respond to love as many living things do like you just stated in your experiment with plants.  I've read that having live cut flowers in your house makes for happier and healthier people.  Gardens are even better!   Watching things grow and waiting for things to grow, gives one perspective on the process of life.  It all takes time and all in due time.  We have so much to learn from nature as you pointed out in this post.  We are all so connected - humans, nature, and all other living things......

Take care,
Gloria

Jul 20, 2011 06:35 AM #39
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Maybe you can start a RRC, an activeRain Rose Collection. Here's another one to add to it if you decide to do it:

A lovely rose for a lovely lady

Jul 24, 2011 10:38 AM #40
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Patricia - Just go to Groups and start a new group called activeRain Rose Collection. Then publicize it in a post of its own AND invite people to join. Let me know when you have it set up and I'll be your second member!

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