Take time to open up a little
You’ve probably been in a relationship at some time or another where one person needed the other to open up and share what was on their mind. Right? Sure, we’ve all been there. Or if you haven’t, you probably will be some day. But have you ever thought about why we need people to open up to us?
The key word I used a little earlier was “relationship”. You’re designed to interact with other human beings. You need to be able to communicate thoughts, ideas, and yes…even feelings. Women are much better at this than men, but even they stumble at times for various reasons. (here’s a hint, men…it’s usually our fault…no, really)
Why do you suppose it’s so important to open up to others?
What could it hurt to keep all your thoughts and ideas and feelings to yourself? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt a thing…if you lived on a deserted island by yourself. But barring that ever happening, you need to share what’s going on in your life with at least one other person. But why? Because it helps alleviate that persistent little minion known as selfishness. When you only focus on yourself, you can’t grow, mature, and contribute to this world. You’ll only have yourself to measure up to, and that’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
Here’s something even better you can do. Be ready and attentive when someone else wants to or needs to open up to you. It’s an awesome way to serve one another and do one of the two condensed commands of God: “love your neighbor as yourself”. You might be surprised…and you’ll certainly be better off for it…when you take time for someone else. And you might find it’s the most beneficialÂ way to get them to do the same for you. Will you do it today? Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
Open Me Up
Open up my eyes.
Let me out of this disguise.
Let me burn up like a candle in the sun.
I wish to smell a rose
And feel sand between my toes.
Let me leave and go and say what’s done is done.
I can’t say a single word that’s not been said before.
And I can’t sing one moreÂ song because there are no more.
I just hope there is no gloom
After saying I’m in bloom…
And that I wish…
Would open me up.
Open up my eyes.
Let me see into the skies.
Let me fall into the ocean many times.
I wish to find a key
And then hope that it fits me.
Let me leave behind a poem with many rhymes.
Â© 1977 Tony Funderburk
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