Open Roses

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Life is continual growth.

Life is like a rose. Suddenly, some insecurities begin to fade; things we weren’t sure we liked about ourselves, about others; imperfections that needed to be dealt with and not just ignored; the path we are walking without a clear view of the future… And as we continue to grow and find our voice, the flower continues to open. As the flower continues to open, it graces those around with beauty and fragrance.

Resignation, never.

We continue to grow, open and flourish.

You don’t get roses without thorns on this Earth. And while the thorns hurt, we all know the rose’s beauty and symbolism makes everything worth it, despite the thorns.

Yesterday, a group of us was reflecting on growth. Growth is a powerful thing. It happens when we are willing. It happens when we are broken. It happens when we are striving. It happens when we are dreaming. It happens when we are risking.

It’s what brings magic to our lives. To grow in love. To grow in faith. To grow in hope. To grow in friendship. To grow in respect. To grow in confidence. To grow is to change, while keeping the most important essence.

Never stop growing. When we grow, we reflect beauty into the world. When we grow, we become stronger. When we grow, just as eventually a rose’s petals fall and sprinkle the air and ground, we share ourselves with others.

And even when death comes, beauty remains.

[Image from Tumblr]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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