I have to tell you that I have done a terrible injustice to so many wonderful people in my life. I tend to hold back on building relationships and I have always been so careful about throwing the word "friend" around. There are few people I let in my sacred little circle. What I realized last night is how selfish I have been. I don't need to be best friends with everyone I meet but I can have lots of valued friends in my life.
As we were chatting and talking over one another like a group of women do, I realized that I really love these women and I love the beautiful environment that was created by this small circle. There were about 10 of us and we are all so very different, each of us bringing something different yet special to the group. It was a safe environment, we could all be our true selves without worrying about being judged. It is very liberating.
We talked about so many different things, we laughed and at times we were somber, but overall we just had fun. It's such a blessing to be able to be a part of something so special to get to know people on a deeper level without really trying.
I really consider myself lucky to have been able to have this evening out. While it may have been for someone else, it enlightened me in so many ways.
At one point we started talking about what types of flowers everyone was and immediately I was told I was a Rose...because they also have thorns. I pretended to be offended but then realized it was a pretty accurate description. Thankfully all these women accept me and my rose personality!
I'll end this post with the words from my friend, they really touched my heart.
Hey!!! Roses are a beautiful flower!! They make me smile, smell beautiful and brighten up a home. On the other hand they have thorns. Therefore, be careful how you handle them because although they are sweet and beautiful...they will prick, poke and make you bleed when mistreated. That is you my darling Nadine!!! AND you know what? I LOVE everything about you...thorns and all!