Flowers For You

Maybe no one has told you this in a while, but thank you. You are appreciated. You efforts make a difference. You make people smile. You’re valued. You are unique. You look great, is that a new dress?

Sometimes, I feel the art of saying thank you or paying a compliment is lost. We spend so much time absorbed in our own personal crap that we don’t take a moment to look around and thank others who make our day a little bit better. I’m often guilty of this myself. So before I tell you my story, here are some flowers for you, just to say thanks:

Today was a shitty day. I’m not feeling particularly inspired by work at the moment and I am spending long hours in the office. This evening, after spending 15 consecutive hours at work, I walked home. I wandered along the canals and watched the boats float by.


I tried to shake my sub-par day but I had this knot in my chest that was probably going to come out in the form of an ice-cream pity party at midnight (not that I particularly mind these).

And then I saw it. A single rose, laying on the ground. If you follow me on instagram, you will know I was wearing a bright coral dress today. This rose appeared to be cut from the same fabric as my dress, matching perfectly. I couldn’t believe this rose had fallen into my path on accident, especially so late at night. So I picked it up and continued walking, admiring that it did not yet appear to droop in any way. And then, not even 15 steps later, I saw another perfect rose on the ground. I hesitated before picking this one up. I started to think it might actually have been placed there for a reason – as a guide to a late-night affair or some sort of weird social experiment. But there were no other people around, only me and the street lights. So I unabashedly scooped up this rose as well.


I smiled the whole way home. Maybe someone dropped these roses on accident, or maybe someone put them there, hoping they would be found. Either way, they made my crummy night 12 shades brighter. So in the spirit of making others happy, I wanted to pay you a compliment. Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic evening (or morning or afternoon, pending your timezone) and that you know you are appreciated :)


*While most of the photos on Pressed Words are my own, this post featured some of my recent favs from Pinterest.

18 Replies to “Flowers For You”

  1. I absolutely love this. Thank YOU for sharing your world with us through your blog. It’s beautiful and inspiring. I hope tomorrow is a much better day for you!! ;-)


  2. Sometimes it’s nice just to go with it and be appreciative. I thank you for your bright posts, both in color and the wonderful things you have to say. Your blog always puts a smile on my face.


  3. I love this. I was thinking a similar thing about the gratitude side of it as I’ve been at home with my parents for a few weeks now. My wonderful mother works crazily long hours, is a carer for my Nanny, cooks, cleans, does the shopping and never seems to get much thanks for it from anyone. Maybe I’ll buy her some flowers :)


  4. The pleasure is all ours Ali :)
    Thanks to you, I know a thing or two about France- and a bit more than that about Amsterdam.
    Keep up the good work!


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