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Three On Thursday

Hello, hello. I’m having a pretty fine time at the conference and yesterday I attended a workshop on intergenerational programs. It was interesting and made especially so since the sample program they presented was on poetry. The woman who talked about poetry discussed making it accessible to read and understand. She also talked about writing poetry as a creative exercise and mentioned a Design Thinking method I’d never heard of before called the Rose Method. It’s a quick and thoughtful way of summing up your day and a great conversation starter. And guess what? It’s a 3 pronged approach – the rose, the thorn and the bud. The rose is the best part of your day, the thorn (not surprisingly) is the worst part of your day, and the bud is something you are looking forward to. Sounds perfect for my post for today, doesn’t it?

Here we go, my day at the conference on Wednesday using the Rose Method:

  1. The rose: feeling engaged and enjoying all of the programs I attended. Lunch was pretty good, too. And also, I got to knit during the sessions. See what I did there? I couldn’t pick just one.
  2. The thorn: the traffic I faced driving here yesterday morning. I’ll face it again when I go home at the end of the day today and I’m guessing it will be my Thursday thorn.
  3. And the bud: all the ideas that are now percolating in my brain. I’m feeling energized and empowered. Watch out!

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  1. I’ve never heard of the Rose Method before, but I love it! It brings a lovely picture to mind and sounds like quite a useful way to way to think about your day. Thanks for sharing; I’ll be using this one!

  2. I, too, am new to this method, but I really like it! It seems like a very easy and simple way to do a quick reflection on the day. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  3. I love the ‘bud’ element here. I’ve heard of ‘roses and thorns’—my kids introduced it to me as their version of ‘highs and lows.’ But the bud–something to look forward to–is a really fun addition.

  4. I never heard of this before, but what a great way to sum up your day! I tried “good, bad and ugly”, but I don’t like how the negative is better represented than the positive in that one. Rose, thorn and bud will be a much better approach!

  5. I have never heard of this either! (Oh, and I think that those who do not knit at conferences are really missing out!)

  6. Yes, my daughter and son in law use it around the dinner table with their kids and visitors to get conversation going and keep everyone engaged. Not all the time, but 2 times a month or so!

  7. This is great! I think it’s a really good way to approach the day! I’ve already had my thorn so I’ve got nowhere to go but up! 🙂

  8. I have not heard of the rose method, but I’m going to try it! A few months ago, my husband (per the suggestion from his boss) starting writing 4 lines a day in any form and about any topic that strikes his fancy. It’s been so much fun to see what he comes up with.

  9. Although I’ve never heard of The Rose method, specifically, I have heard of similar techniques. I think I like the image of the rose best, though! What a great way to sum up your day! (Enjoy the conference.) (I never knit at conferences. I often carry knitting around, but I never seem to do it!) XO

  10. I love the idea of the Rose Method. Yesterday I finished Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Talking to Strangers. I am going to review it using this method. The rose is that it was thoroughly engaging and I learned a lot about things that I thought I knew a bit about, but I was wrong about that. It educated me. The thorn was that some of the things I learned were a bit depressing. The bud is that I am looking forward to applying what I have learned to my interactions with strangers and my evaluation of situations that involve these principles. The rose portion was fabulous, the thorn just a dose of reality, and the bud portion means I have some information to use to improve my everyday life. Hey, the Rose method is pretty stellar. Thanks for sharing that! Hope your traffic is not nearly as bad as you anticipate.

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