Also - I need to be sure that you know - no trees were harmed in the snapping of this photo. This is just how I came across the tree when walking at Harry Todd Park. I have been known to do some weird stuff all for the sake of getting the right shot - but I would not set up my photo like this or manipulate the subject. I take it like it is.
It's a painful process. I don't like it. I'm guessing most people don't.
It's something that I come across often in therapy. I recently graduated with my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and told clients then, and students I work with now... that, while it can appear painful - there is a reason and a purpose. While there can be pain in the process (sometimes that's why these layers were created)... God's created something perfect and unique in you.
"It's like getting your knee skinned when you fall off a bike. You have two choices about what to do with that wound. You can ignore it - not wash it off or put any medicine on it - and hope that it gets better all by itself. Sometimes that works fine. But other times, if you do that, the wound will get infected. Infections don't usually get better by ignoring them; they get worse and worse. Your other choice is to wash the wound carefully, getting all the dirt and germs out. That stings. It hurts at first. But then the pain goes away, and it can be healed." (Deblinger & Heflin)
We just have to be willing to endure the process.