Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Every Thorn Has It's Rose
"A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. He thought to himself, "How can such a beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with these ugly thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it ever had the chance to bloom, the plant died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a unique and beautiful rose. The blessed qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only thorns and defects. This causes us despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within ourselves, and eventually that part of our soul dies. We never fully realize our potential.
Some people will never see the rose within themselves, so someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess, and give to other people, is the ability to reach past the thorns and find the rose within.
This is the characteristic of love: to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his obstacles. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns. And he will blossom.
Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses, not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden."
Isn't this a sadly beatuiful story? And isn't it true?
We all have days that we overlook the glory of our roses and instead focus on the ugliness and pain of our thorns.
As the story tells, there are people in this world that are gifted with the ability of helping people see the magnificance of their roses, empowering them to realize their potential.
The story says that this gift if the gift of love.
And so it is.
Do you think, though, that we may be able to give this gift of love to ourselves? Is it necessary that another person do this for us? Or is it possible that we may learn to do this for ourselves?
Give yourself a gift of love. Find your roses. Get lost in your beauty. I know it's there.
Posted by ellieotteson at 1:00 AM