An Icebreaker: Thorn, Rose, and Bud
I love icebreakers and use them all the time in my workshops and classes because they ease tension and relieve formality. They can be used at the beginning of a workshop or at the end as a reflective exercise. How wonderful to return from visiting family with a new reflective icebreaker game to share. With three generations sharing a meal, my brother introduced this simple game called, “Thorn, Rose, and Bud.” We have since incorporated this activity into our own dinner conversations, as it inspires all of us to reflect more deeply on our day in a playful way.
Each person at the table shares a “thorn” (a woe), “rose” (a joy), and “bud”(something that you are looking forward).
THORN: a woe from the day
ROSE: a joy from the day
BUD: something that you are looking forward to
It is important to note that reflections should begin with a thorn, move into the rose, and end with a bud. The intention is to end with a happy memory and something to look forward to. It is also important to note that participants may have more than one rose to share, therefore, creating a bouquet. For our family, the prompts gave us permission to share more deeply about how we were feeling which inspired richer conversations.
Icebreakers are an important tool in this type of garden. I am now inspired to plant a rose garden and imagine this fabulous activity being played with many generations in the garden amongst dozens of rose bushes.
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