In college, the buzzword "empowerment" was thrown around in most of the classrooms I sat in. As you can imagine conversations and professor given examples were bountiful. Quantity does not equate quality. The conversations were shallow, the examples rehearsed. They always left me wanting more. It took me a while to figure out that in order to understand the concept of empowerment I would have to define it for myself (maybe that was their point...).
After my classes were done for the day I would go to work at the local flower shop. While many of the tasks were mundane, designing arrangements filled me with poise and power. Customers would love to stand and watch, we would share stories, and connect.
Among the whirlwind of clippers and stems I found a rhythm, and a connection to myself. A presence within me awakened, and I felt whole again, I felt that I could accomplish anything, I felt pride and I felt my voice being heard by others.
Flowers and plants have meanings. Colors are associated with. Red roses for love, white Jasmine for sensuality, Cherry Blossoms for spirituality and beauty, and dark green Cedar branches for strength. When we combine these colors and meanings they form sentences. They speak for us when the words are lost or when we feel unsafe to express them out loud.
The dictionary definition of empowerment is "To give power or authority to." and/or "To enable or permit." Emflowerment enabled me to express how I feel, to say what is on my mind, to feel confident to take chances and risks, and to encourage others to do the same.
Try it out! Google "flower meanings" and "color meanings". Find your favorite flowers and colors and check out what the different combinations you love are saying, or not saying.
A link to one of my favorite flower dictionaries is below... (yes the site is a little dated, but organized and helpful!)