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You’re Known By The Flowers You Grow

written by Eileen McDargh January 7, 2019
Eileen McDargh

By Eileen McDargh

Since starting her consultancy practice in 1980, Eileen McDargh has become known as a master facilitator, an award- winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach. She’s the author of seven books, including her latest, Your Resiliency GPS, A Guide for Growing Through Life & Work. Her book, Gifts from the Mountain, won the Ben Franklin Gold Award from which she produced an award-winning training film. Eileen writes articles for a curated web site as part of their “League of Extraordinary Thinkers.” In 2018 Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 3th of the World’s Top 30 COMMUNICATION Gurus following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals. Eileen is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. She’s also listed as a recommended expert through the Sloan Work and Family Research Network. Her most recent endeavor is a movement to improve public discourse. To this end, she and two colleagues have created a global outreach called True Leader Creed & Code of Conduct. You can read about it here: www.trueleadercreed.com

You’re known by the flowers you grow.


“What kind of flower are you?”  The question took me aback when I read it. Could the writer be suggesting that the kind of flower we surround ourselves with offers testimony to our view on life?

The more I thought of it, I realized there was a great truism here. Nature offers her treasures as subtle metaphors for so many of life’s lessons.  Here was my mine:

In my work as a professional speaker and consultant, I had found myself sometimes overwhelmed by the amount of work and travel on my plate.  At other times, I heard myself beginning to panic with the scarcity.

“It’s either pheasant or feathers”, I’d grumble.  Some colleagues had told me that I worked too hard on material, constantly editing, adding, pruning, and arranging.

“But it makes what I do more timely and current,” I’d respond and silently wonder if they were right.

And then I read this question.

“But of course,” I thought. “ROSES!”

In our small strip of California garden, I have planted rose bushes.  In season, they bloom profusely, coming back in abundance the more I tend them, weed, fertilize AND give them away.  Out of season, their bare stems look forlorn and without potential.  Yet I know that in due time, the nourishment received from this time of rest will bring them back in abundance.

It is the course of their life. It is the pattern of my work. When viewed in this manner, I now understand that my work pattern reflects the natural world of roses.  It’s not right for everyone.  But it is right for me.  Guess I’ll just bloom when and where I am planted!

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