Opening up

January 23, 2018

open-upDoes this look like you? A flower closed up tightly, like a bud?

Do you keep some things locked deeply within, hesitant to open up?

Just like a bud, you, too, can open up, by taking in a little sun. It just takes looking at life a different way.

The question to ask ourselves is this: How am I called to serve?

Because no matter what we do, we’re serving. That’s what this life is all about. We serve our families. We serve our customers. We serve our loved ones. And we serve the Divine Source if we believe in one.

But when we serve, when we give, we get something back.


An open rose is even more beautiful.

When we open ourselves to serve, we, too, are served. When we open ourselves to give to the world, we receive. When we open ourselves to lift others up, it lifts us up, too.

When we open ourselves to give love we become love.

This is the absolute truth.

Not sure what your purpose is or how to use your talents?  Maybe I can help. Let’s have a phone call and find out.

22 comments on “Opening up
  1. robin rue says:

    I wholeheartedly agree that when you give, you get back ten fold. It is a wonderful lesson in life to learn to give.

  2. Alli Smith says:

    I was just thinking about all the ways I serve and I have to say that I am open and didn’t realize how many people I do serve, including my family and friends. It’s always better to give than to receive, even if it’s giving a smile to someone having a bad day.

  3. I know that I could serve more than I do. I let my chronic pain from my disabilities stop me from doing the things I could be doing.

  4. Amber Myers says:

    I do try to always volunteer when I can. Or I’ll donate items if I’m not feeling social. I hope to do more when the kids move out!

  5. Mary Lou says:

    This is a lovely post, Carol! We do receive back when we serve. I’ve learned to balance my life. Sometimes serving a need means taking time out for yourself. And sometimes we learn from experience that we might be used for our good intentions and that’s OK too. It’s all part of life.

  6. A lovely post, Carol. And yes, the more you serve, the more you get out of it. I’ve found that to be true. Share Your World

  7. JEanette says:

    Sometimes it’s easier to just keep stuff to yourself I have always been honest with people and sometimes I’m a little quiet about stuff. This is a great reminder to be even more open.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I guess I’m doing it right now with my mother.

  9. Marysa says:

    It’s a nice perspective to have, and a good outlook to have for the new year. Definitely something to think about while we are starting our resolutions.

  10. Laurie Stone says:

    Really lovely, Carol. I never thought of “opening up” that way before. Love the flower metaphor, so beautiful.

  11. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a lovely post, I love the fact that you have used a rose as an analogy.

  12. KamIka says:

    A lot of times you don’t know the different ways that you are capable of serving until you are put in difficult situations. That is the true test. I’m going to be more mindful of the ways that I serve. Great post!

  13. This is a thought provoking post for sure.I serve many people on a typical day, including my kids, my family and friends. It’s always better to give to others than to receive.

  14. Cat says:

    It is so good and very healthy for all of us to sit back and ask ourselves these kinds of questions from time to time. The rose analogy is spot on!

  15. Pam says:

    It’s important to consider things like if we are truly serving. Sometimes we are not fulfilling our true purpose.

  16. Franc Ramon says:

    I like the analogy of the flower and ourselves. Only in taking the light do we grow and blossom.

  17. Opening up to people is something that I struggle my whole life. It takes me a while to know a person before I could share something about myself.

  18. Sara Welch says:

    I used to be bad about being closed off to others. I would put my nose down and make it through the day. As I aged, that changed.

  19. Sarah Honey says:

    This is so true. It is so important to serve. I love it. I really love how it teaches my kids to give back too because they see me serve.

  20. Erica Ardali says:

    What a lovely metaphor. I try to be open minded but I’m sure I’ve been closed minded from time to time.

  21. Alison Rost says:

    I love your analogy. Why would we hide our beauty, our talent, or even our time if just like a closed bud? We were given this life to serve, to share our lives with others and to bring happiness and joy!

  22. Anosa says:

    When I was young my parents always taught us the importance of giving back wholeheartedly and not expecting anything in return. Loved this post

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