ROSES HAVE THORNS – SO DO SOME PEOPLE
A rose is a beautiful thing. It has a wonderful fragrance and beautiful colored petals. Yet everyone knows that if you’re not careful when you pick a rose, you can get pricked by a thorn. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to feel that pain, you know that it can certainly diminish the pleasure you expected to get from picking that rose. The timeless lesson learned here is that looks can be deceiving and what you see, or what you think you see, isn’t always what you get! Choosing who you spend time with can be a lot like picking flowers. Roses and Thorns unfortunately, often go hand in hand in reality and in relationships, and should always be handled with care.
Equally as important to what you see is what you hear. When you meet someone new, pay close attention to how they talk about their friends and their family and their co-workers. If they only have negative things to say about everyone, maybe that’s a good indicator that they aren’t very easy to get along with. If they only have absolutely ALL positive things to say about everyone they know, that could indicate they are just acting out a part and pretending to be wonderful until they have you eating out of their hands. Someone too good to be true, is probably too good to be true. I’m a firm believer that nothing is perfect, and that includes flowers and people, but people can and should be balanced. Balanced people are by nature sometimes happy and sometimes sad, sometimes nice and sometimes mad, sometimes they make you laugh and sometimes they make you cry, but in a normal balanced relationship there should be more happy than sad, more nice than mad, and more laughter than tears.
So, be sure to proceed with caution. Admire roses for their beauty and their scent, but approach them cautiously when you decide to try to pick one for your own. If you can’t pick them without getting pricked by hidden thorns, perhaps you should consider a carnation. The same theory applies when picking people to be a part of your life. If they are always giving you thorny looks or exhibiting unexpected hurtful piercing behavior toward you or others, perhaps you should select another variety. It can be very tiresome to have to keep looking for the thorns hidden beneath the leaves!
Until next time, have a warm heart but be COOL! Be happy, be well, and be the best you that you can be!
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