I encountered this beautiful rose on my walk. She was surrounded by other roses at various stages of growth and bloom, even some that were withering. But this rose was in full bloom. She was open, vibrant, symmetrical, healthy, and multilayered.
For a rose to reach this level of growth, she’s survived through a lot. She’s weathered storms and sustained through drought. And still, she blooms.
As I got closer to take a photo, I noticed cascading thorns lining her stalk. What was apparent was how thick and sharp her thorns were. Anyone seeking to cut this rose down would most certainly feel the pain of their own choice to do so.
Her thorns aren’t weapons. They are protection!
She doesn’t go around stabbing people. She simply is aligned with what’s she is here to do and does it. But she’s been wise in her evolution and knows that self-preservation includes self-protection.
We are like the blooming rose. We weather storms, sustain through droughts, and still we grow and bloom. Some may try to cut us down but we aren’t allowing that — not without a thorny intervention.