‘Like’ the thorns

In my post ‘Good‘, I concluded with the following –

I honestly feel many people don’t want to hear how others truly feel.  I think out of courtesy to others we ask; especially those that are dealing with a physical illness.


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If I were to respond to the question differently and say “I feel very bad today, my body hurts and my bladder is burning and I am very tired.”, what would the response be?  I do not really know.  I doubt I would receive the same response as I do when responding with ‘I am good!”

Am I being sarcastic?  Well maybe I am – I will continue to tell people I am good.  Except here on my blog, and you truly know the way I feel.

And I appreciate those that read and respond to how I truly feel.

In today’s post, I conclude with the following –

And I appreciate those that read and respond to how I truly feel.

And I appreciate those that read.

And I appreciate those that respond.

And I appreciate those that ‘Like’.

It is okay to ‘Like’ when reading something you do not like.

I read blog posts from others that are dealing with something unpleasant and I ‘Like’ their post to let them know I read it.  I appreciate them taking the time to write their feelings and emotions and sharing it with others.  I hope others appreciate me taking the time to write my feelings and emotions and sharing with them.

Life is not always roses, there are thorns that prick us and cause pain and blood and discomfort.  Once the pain and blood and discomfort are over, healing takes place.

‘Like’ the thorns as much as you like the roses – I am okay with that – I need it right now – I admit to my need for acceptance – At times I am weak.

The ending lyrics to the song ‘The Rose’ –


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When the night has been too lonely

and the road has been too long

And you think that love is only

for the lucky and the strong

Just remember in the winter

far beneath the bitter snow

Lies the seed that with the sun’s love,

In the spring becomes the rose

At this time in my life, I have thorns.  I know in the future there will be a rose; not just one, but many roses because that is what I am choosing.  And you, your support, your friendship helps me and brings me strength.  So my friends, ‘Like’ the thorns because there is a bouquet of roses to follow.

26 thoughts on “‘Like’ the thorns

  1. Terry, I appreciate you. I appreciate every post. I appreciate you taking time to write about your life, your feelings, the good, and the bad. Not many people have that courage to put it all out there. You are a man in a million, and I am so grateful for your friendship. I will ‘like’ the thorns and I will ‘like’ the roses 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful bouquet of roses soon. 🙂

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  2. Hi Terry, I think it is okay to say to people that you feel okay or so-so. Sometimes people are genuinely concerned about how you are feeling but they probably don’t want to know all the details because then they wouldn’t know what to do with the information. Keep feeling positive.
    K x

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  3. Well…some days are good (roses) and some days are bad (thorns) – you can’t appreciate the one without the other…May you be blessed with bunches of beautiful roses at the end of your bad days 🙂

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  4. I love the song The Rose as well and I find strength from its beautiful lyrics. I can remember a few times putting on Bette Midler’s version and turning up the volume so that it felt as if I was alone in a concert hall with her singing it. It was great and helped a lot. Sometimes it’s odd little things that help in stressful times. 🙂

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