Like a Rose

Like a Rose

Written & Recorded

By Ivorie Nicole

Like a rose,

The blood in my veins run red like a rose.

Don’t get to close, for I have more thorns than a single rose. 

All you see the beautiful red velvet shape of heart,

you won’t even notice red blood dripping from your flesh.

Cut by my thorn until you’ve picked me from my garden just to let me die. 

Buddha once said:

 “if you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

Don’t like me, love me.

Or leave me alone & let me grow  in my own garden.

If I can learn anything from a rose,

it is resilience.

For even when I am dying, my wilt will return to a bloom.

But, don’t get to close for I have more thorns than a single rose.

Once picked, I cannot re-bloom but I can only wilt.

All you see is a red velvet shape of a heart, 

a heart you want to carry,

a heart you want to cherish, 

to love, 

to honor.

By the time you’ve realized it, my thorns will have cut the flesh of your delicate skin. 

I didn’t ask you to pick me or to like me, 

I asked you to let me grow in my own garden. 

I asked you to love me.

I cannot live with out my soil.

I love you but in order to love you I must be me.

Alone, alongside of you.

Let me grow through my seasons, for my roots can entangle with yours if we choose to grow together.

Like a rose,  

Strength

Strength

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can. No one and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. 

-Buddha

By IVORIE NICOLE

Struggle will find you faster than anything, it’s everywhere. 

You will learn to survive through struggle. 

Struggle will either make you strong or weak. 

Don’t be weak, don’t be ugly, don’t let your ego get you, just be strong.

Strength is physical, mental,  emotional, it’s an attribute that develops over time, a muscle that grows the more you use it. 

Strength is one of those things that is measured by a character of easiness.

To be strong you must contain the following the characteristics and nothing else.

PATIENCE. PERSERVERANCE. PERSISTENCE. SILENCE. INTEGRITY. LOYALTY. FORGIVENESS. DISCIPLINE. DILIGENCE.

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength, but persistence.  – Buddha

The water is so powerful yet so gentle, be the water.

Face conflicts head on while co-instinctively continuing despite the diffuclty, despite the time it takes.

Calmly bear, or be willing to bear opposition, adversity or strain to reach your goal.

Reserve your thoughts, energy and only give it to things that are deserving. 

Hold yourself to a moral, ethical code of conduct.

Face your demons, don’t avoid them or you will become the worst version of them, become them by choice and then transform them.

It’s a process of healing, a process of growth that is exponential. 

To be strong is to embrace your feelings, accepting of who you are and where you have been.

It’s letting go, surrendering yourself to what was, leaving what was where it is.

Where you have been it matters, but  where you are going is determined by what you are focusing on today,

and no matter what happens, you are not going back, so stop looking that way.

Be strong, look forward to what will be and be okay with what was.

So many times we allow the things of our past to make us who we are.

The fear of betrayal, inadequacy, the fear to trust again can literally isolate ourselves to ourselves.

We can so easily become our worst enemy trying to control the outcome that we sabotage our own growth.

It isn’t easy, but if we think that everyone is going to hurt us, they will. 

Practice to master the skill of being water.

Nothing is softer, or more flexible than water.

It can be anything, and is everywhere.

You get to choose.