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Rose, Bud, Thorn

Sometimes you want a fresh approach to generating conversation with family, friends and colleagues.  My daughter shared with me an idea they used at her summer camp called “Rose, Bud and Thorn.”  At the end of every day the campers would gather around in a circle and share what they had experienced during their day.  A Rose represents an accomplishment, a Bud is something you are working on and a Thorn is a challenge or difficulty you had.  I found it a sweet and meaningful way to embark on a conversation that sheds light on what people are excited about, proud of and where they could use support.  Try it with your family tonight or even to end a staff meeting with your team tomorrow.