What things in life have soft petals without also having a few sharp thorns? This balance is what makes life so very sweet – the chance to appreciate the complex mixtures between soft and sharp, tenderness and tearing.
Too often we instinctively pull back after our fingers are pricked, and we learn to fear the way they bleed. Without realizing it, we begin to focus so much of our energy on avoiding the thorns that we never notice that we’ve only managed to bury the rose.
All things in life have the beauty of blooms and the torment of thorns; we cannot avoid this truth but we can decide what to do with it. We could bury away everything that causes us to bleed, never again having to worry about the sharpness of thorns – but what kind of life would that be? To never feel the softness of velvet petals, to remain blind to the crimson color of love, and to miss the chance to drift away on the subtly sweet smells of summer?
Far better it would be, it seems, to risk getting pricked and have the benefit of witnessing the exquisite beauty of the rose’s unfolding.
©2016 Cristen Rodgers
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