Fragile Layers

My hubby saw this image and reminded me that Shrek told Donkey that he (Shrek) was like an onion. Donkey thought that meant that he stunk, but Shrek corrected him by saying that he has many layers.  Lots of outer layers that need to be peeled off, like an onion, so that you can get to know the real Shrek.  (I so appreciate my hubby’s sense of humor….)

Some of my own layers are cracking and peeling away, even if I try to hold on to them for my own “protection”. As you read these posts here, you are learning more about me, about what speaks to my soul, about who I am. But there are so many more things that you don’t know, things that are buried deep within, in that soft underbelly that I try hard to protect. I hope to share more of my own story with you here in the coming days and weeks.

While I see here an image of an onion skin, I also see a beautiful tiny slice of life that is very fragile.  It will break into a thousand little shreds if you hold it too tightly. Several layers of it protect and preserve what is hidden inside. Perfectly ‘engineered’ to do it’s job, it is amazingly thin and opaque, letting the light shine through. 

Light. Protection. Layers. Fragility. 

What layers would you prefer to live without? Does it become exhausting to keep piling on those facades, to keep putting on a show just to please others? What would your life be like if you could cast off those skins that you have outgrown?  

And what do you hold most dear in your life? What is it that is so fragile that you don’t want to hold it too firmly…that seems so precious that you just want to gently hold it and savor each moment?

How does light shine in your life? A very wise person that I knew years ago used to say that there is a big difference in shining your light and letting the light shine.  How are you able to let that light shine from within you?

Thanks for sharing my journey.

2 Replies to “Fragile Layers”

  1. Deb,

    This was beautiful.

    Your words and pictures created the perfect Peeling the layers … protection … fragile … letting the light shine in …

    I read this post over and over, and each time it brought lighter, brighter, and more precious meaning.

    Thanks so much for these beautiful words.

    I'm so happy to have found you.

  2. Eydie,
    I learned many years ago that we learn early on to form layers that hide our true selves from the world. It takes courage to realize what these layers are and then to remove them. But it is so good to live authentically, as we were meant to be.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

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