Looking Beneath The Surface
What lies beneath the surface is a complicated system of roots and branches grown throughout our lives. Watered with each new experience. Our actions, beliefs, and self-view are all born from the roots and branches. Overlay them with someone else's, and you'll notice slight variations, but the pattern is the same.
Each of us has hurt, pain, and tragedy in our lives that knicks and cuts our system of roots. It's painful and incites anger and even rage. We feel the ache of each new cut, but check back a week, month, or even years later, and you'll notice a new, fully formed branch. It's that pain that grows us and offers us a choice; we can either deny it and push it down deeper, or we face it and let growth and beauty burst forth.
And this beauty, born from our brokenness, is not some generic beauty. The one taught to us in children's books. A beauty that exists in some idyllic world where each new adventure gets tied up nicely. And every day ends with freshly baked cookies and a tall glass of milk, recounting all our stories.
No, this is authentic beauty. Beauty that is the full expression of our truth; pain, failures, and all. It's the kind of beauty that catches you off guard, makes you pause, and draws you in. The one that says, "Hey world, this is me, take it or leave it." The kind of beauty recognizable to those in the same struggle, with the same pain and sadness.
Our roots go deep. And what lies beneath the surface is not to be feared or hidden. Embrace your roots and illuminate your beauty.