But can she overcome a lifetime of self-doubt and really bloom?
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The Rose Box is a short story about a self-doubting character and her journey toward believing in herself.
The main character Alex has been ridiculed and belittled throughout her life by her mother. She’s been told how inadequate she is and how she’ll never amount to anything worthwhile.
The character’s strength of character is briefly highlighted in the story. Ms. Collins doesn’t go into detail about Alex’s life growing up or after this job. She begins the story with Alex’s college graduation and employment by a gentleman to help identify why a rose root is dying.
Alex packs up her things to begin her job with Mr. Gayson’s. As Alex struggles to determine the cause of death and decay she constantly hears her mother’s voice criticizing and telling her how incompetent she is for this job.
Alex is able to overcome her dilemma and help breath new life into the rose bush by reflecting on the positive things she’s achieved in her life.
I look at the withering rose bush as being buried in self-doubt in our lives. Letting it overshadow the positive in our life could possibly ruin dreams to come.