Recently I heard the saying: “We humans are like rocks. We like to hide our flat side.”
The person who said this to me meant it in the context that we all have pride and don’t want to show our weakness to the world. I have to agree. For the most part, I like to appear strong, able, and like I have everything under control. But the truth? The truth is I am a broken person with flaws, weaknesses and shortcomings. I just like to lay on those, so they are hidden from view. I wouldn’t want anyone seeing that I am human, now would I?
So how do we stop being like rocks? I admit to my humanity, and my faults. I choose to turn my flat side up. I confess that I spend way to much time worrying about what people think of me. I am afraid of rejection. I am sometimes very unmotivated. I eat too much. I rarely get out of bed before 8am. My room usually looks like a disaster zone. If I let myself, I could totally become a hoarder. I don’t greet new people at church because I am afraid they wouldn’t want to talk to me.
You get the idea, right? I am human. I have lots of flaws. Don’t get me wrong – I have good qualities also: this is not about bashing myself. It is about being honest. If I choose to acknowledge my own faults, I know myself a little bit better. If I choose to trust others with my insecurities, I become less insecure about them.
I want to be less like a rock, and more like a cat.
Let me explain: Have you ever seen a cat just flop over and expose their tummy for a nice belly rub? They are completely trusting, even while they are purring until they drool all over you and spaztically kneading anything their little paws touch. They look pretty ridiculous (although very endearing), but they pay no mind to their appearance; they just trust you to love them anyway, and to keep petting them. They let their flat side show. I am striving to do so more often, also.