Yesterday, while I was delivering a bouquet of flowers, I had a realization about my job. A florist has the chance to catch glimpses of both the saddest and happiest moments in peoples lives. Let me see if I can explain what I mean.
On any given day we can be making floral arrangements for many different events. On a very busy day, we could be working on arrangements for a new baby, a wedding, a sickness/surgery, an anniversary, a birthday, and a funeral. Almost any one of these events brings with it a flood of emotions. As florists, we have to make designs that will either help celebrate the occasion, will cheer someone up or will properly honor someone. It is a very fine line to walk.
The glimpses come when we deliver the flowers. Sometimes we give a wedding bouquet to a blushing bride just moments before she walks down the isle. Other times we deliver to a funeral and see another viewing in process. Both of these moments can be so tender that your heart feels overwhelmed with emotion.
I am grateful for these glimpses that I get every once in a while. They remind me to step back from a busy schedule and just enjoy life. They help me to cherish what I have and to remember what is really important in life. Many of the moment I have seen have taught me great and lasting lessons that I hope I never forget.