I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten pricked by a sharp thorn while handling roses and so I began to wonder….why do roses have thorns? I looked it up and read that because roses have such a lovely fragrance, they are attractive to herbivores and the thorns keep them from being eaten. The thorns grow before the bud opens and so the thorns help the rose to blossom so beautifully.
I began to wonder…..do I have thorns? What parts of me, my personality do I have that protect me from others? Do my thorns help me or have they become too barbed? Am I sometimes ‘sharp’ with my words? Do I pierce through and cause others to ‘bleed’ so that I can blossom and show my beauty? Do I not let others get too close because they might want too much of me, to swallow me up?
We all need boundaries, they are healthy and necessary or else we do run the risk of being ‘eaten up’, but perhaps it’s important to take a look at our ‘thorns’ from time to time and make sure that they don’t become too ‘sharp’.
Wow, I never knew that about roses.
What a fitting analogy and an important reflection.
You are a very wise person.
I agree with Jade on all counts, Andie 🙂
I like to think that I am open and transparent, but in fact I do have thorns… Thank you for helping me see them. Like you, I am not sure whether they are thorns or barbed wire. Hm…
How interesting that thorns are necessary for the blossom. It’s also an eye-opening concept to keep in mind when we meet someone who might have a prickly trait or two, to better understand where it stems from.
What a beautifully worded and thought provoking post this is, Andie. I guess we do all have thorns to a degree and your questions are ones we should all ask ourselves. Thanks!
I definitely have thorns. I wish I could take and emery board and dull the tips. Thanks for the interesting lesson, Andie.
I think our thorns, much like those of the rose, protect us. Perhaps we could be less – pointed – with them but I believe they serve their purpose well.
Being real is what it is all about. Great post. Blessings.