Perfections, Imperfections, Counting Blessings as seen in Roses – Picture to Ponder – v6-issue 7

by Sheila Finkelstein on February 17, 2010

Today’s Picture to Ponder message relates to perfections and imperfections and finding the blessings in our lives.

On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, in the United States, I found myself feeling sad, missing Sam more than I usually do. It was interesting for me to observe this since he and I never really celebrated Valentine’s Day. I handled it by taking constructive action, for me writing, making a phone call and posting insights on my Writing for Healing blog. Bottom line I ended up being invited to dinner at my son’s home, which resulted in, among other things, receiving a beautiful bunch of flowers.

Once home I took an abundance of photographs, for some unidentified reason, focusing on the numerous roses that were part of the grouping. I experimented with different backgrounds and lighting with this issue’s roses being a small sampling. You can find more in the Rose Set in my FlickR account.

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Today’s Photos

Orange rose

orange rose close up

close of up dying pink rose

pink rose opening bud at angle

Self-Reflecting Queries
Today’s photos are, obviously, of roses, none of which are perfect. I was initially caught up in their beauty in color and/or patterns and shapes.

Then I saw the “imperfections”, the first pink one almost at the end of its time. This led me to querying, and inviting you do the same, “When you see something or someone, is your first response to see the imperfections or the beauty and positives?” If you miss, the imperfections at first glance, or two, are you able to accept them and stay with the beauty of that at which you are looking, or is something marred, with negative in the space? If the latter, do you stay with the negative, or are you able to create a shift for yourself? If so, how?

As I conclude, I realize that seeing the roses’ imperfections and choices we make are somewhat analogous to my Valentine’s sadness experience, staying in it or finding a way to see the positives.

For me, if you read the blog post, you’ll see, I ultimately chose to see the blessings in my life and wound up with even more than I expected – the flowers and the riches of that.

How about you? Are you able to see the blessings in your life?

As always, have fun with this.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Marifran February 18, 2010 at 6:37 am

It is a transformation to go from sadness to joy. That is what you did on Valentine’s Day. Besides that, you used your courage to share your feelings and thoughts with all your readers. Thank you.

The roses are stunning. It surprises me that I liked the two close ups best. Maybe I do not look close enough when I see them ordinarily. I could get lost in the immeasurable beauty.
Sunshine and warmth,


Sheila Finkelstein February 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Thanks so much for the affirming and empower comments. It usually takes the camera to have me close in on the beauty of my subject. It certainly helps to focus.

Smiling at your ending. Sunshine and WARMTH is back here in Florida.



Terrill Welch February 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I have a natural tendency to view the blessings in my life and in others – its a habit. So much so I remember a client many years ago who was sobbing in despair over an action she had taken. Between sobs she said “how are you going to see something good in this Terrill?” She had become so use to my assisting with re-framing hardships into opportunities she knew that is what we would be doing next. And we did. The result was support for her honesty and efforts and a belief in her ability to succeed. A powerful blessing from what she had at first felt was a situation beyond hope.

Thank you Sheila for shining a light on the value of imperfection.


Sheila Finkelstein February 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, Terrill. How fortunate for your clients that you can work with them to readily re-frame hardships into opportunities.

I very much appreciate your acknowledgment for “shining a light.”


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