Roses and Hugs – Demonstrations of Love

by Sheila Finkelstein

When this perspective view of these two roses, part of a mixture of 2 dozen roses, caught my eye, I was immediately reminded of a quote I had read several years ago. “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth,” Virginia Satir, psychotherapist/author.

I suspect that what had the imagery grab my attention, in the first place, was just having read all the comments mentioning “hugs” as one of the tips in “55 Ways of Showing Love.”  See the Love Tips page here.

Further investigation also reminded me that the rose is considered a symbol of love.

I asked the following questions in Picture to Ponder  and on Photography and Transformation and I think they are certainly good and relevant ones to ask here. I invite you to reflect on:

What are one or more ways you most treasure in showing your love and/or in being shown love?

Have you shared this in discussion with your partner? It’s a great conversation opener, especially when you’re not attached to a specific outcome, coming from openness, rather than an agenda of rights or wrongs.



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