How often we journey through our lives showing or seeing only the external persona, keeping those external petals folded close around us, hiding away and only showing what’s on the outside – the clothes, makeup, hair or just touching the surface with our questions and answers.
We quickly make our minds up about someone based on what they look like and it’s well known that we form our opinion about a person within just a couple of minutes of meeting them. As a result, how often do we discard the opportunity of forming a relationship and a friendship because we miss what’s on the inside?
Do you take time to ask the questions that would help someone start to open up? If you’re asked a question do you give a quick brush off answer? Do we really LISTEN?
And then one day maybe we take the time to ask a different question and suddenly we notice something deeper as we really listen to the answer. Maybe you’ve been surprised – what you heard wasn’t what you expected to hear from that person that you had so quickly formed an opinion about…..
As that person who has hidden away, can you start to trust someone – just a little bit at first and allow some of your exterior petals to unfold…
And suddenly we’re opening up and hinting at what lies deep within us – our internal beauty begins to reveal itself…….
And then our petals unfold a little more as each day passes and we start to trust each other. We ask more probing questions, digging deeper beneath those protective petals and we listen with interest to the response…
“How are you?”
“No – Really –HOW are you?….” – then listen – really listen – you may be surprised by what you hear
“Well actually – things are really amazing/really awful…..” – Dare to reveal yourself – be brave!
Ask questions – probe a little bit deeper and if you’re asked a question, dare to reveal what’s going on inside…. Learn to trust each other and then…
…. Be Brave – you can truly open yourself up and reveal all that Brilliance Within – the inner beauty that you’ve kept hidden away for so long.
How magical the World would be if we all took a little bit more time to delve a little and stop just touching the surface and if we were a little braver and allowed people to help us unfurl our protective layers so that we engage in those more meaningful conversations.
We look at a bud and recognise that as it opens up it becomes more beautiful. Take time in your life to shine some sunlight on the buds and warm those petals so they begin to unfold and reveal the true glory – our Brilliance Within, so like bees we can enjoy the real nectar that’s inside each of us ….