– be gentle.”
Rose petals are
and grow in layers
to produce a beautiful flower
that opens when given water and sunlight.
Feelings are very similar to rose petals. People have many layers to their emotions and personality with the most fragile and delicate hidden until there is trust and safety with another.
I am tenderhearted and cry easily.
Many times I have wished that I could have a tough heart and dry tear ducts. If someone yells or cusses at me, I’m crushed and withdraw. Shortly thereafter, I cry. It feels like a wimpy weakness and yet when others have the same trait, I do not see it as their weakness. I’m a perfectionist, so I usually have one set of easy standards for everyone else and really tough ones for myself.
This is something I work on all the time.
before your own feelings,
and the feelings of others
before your own rights.”
The major drawback in have tender feelings that come quickly to the surface is that often selfish people take advantage of me. Sometimes, I don’t even see it happening until it is over. That is infuriating and usually heart wrenching because I give of my time, talents and love freely.
My goal is to work on remaining true to myself and rose petal feelings while preventing others from seeing me as easy prey.
This is much easier said than done.
Do you share in my dilemma or have you progressed past my weakness and can share advice on how you got to this place in your life?
but they will never forget
how you made them feel.”