A certain man planted a rose
and watered it faithfully.

Before it blossomed,
   he examined it.
   He saw a bud that would soon blossom.

He also saw the thorns, and he thought,
   "How can any beautiful flower come from
           a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?"

                                           Saddened by this thought,
                                   he neglected to water the rose,
                           and before it was ready to bloom,
                   it died.

           So it is with many people . . .

   Within every soul ...
   there is a Rose;
           the God-like qualities
           planted in us at birth,
                   growing amidst the thorns of our faults.

                           Many of us look at ourselves
                   and see only the thorns,
           the defects.

   We despair;
thinking nothing good
can possibly come from us.

We neglect to water the good within us,
and eventually it dies.

We never realize our potential.
   We don't see the rose
           within ourselves . . .

                   Often it takes someone else
                           to show it to us.

                   One of the greatest gifts
           a person can possess . . .
           is to be able to reach past the thorns
   and find the rose within others.

This is the truest,
most innocent,
   and gracious characteristic
           of love –
                   to know another person,
                   including their faults,

                           recognize the nobility in their soul,
                           and yet still help another
                                   to realize they can overcome
                                           their faults.

                                   If we show them the rose,
                           they will conquer the thorns.

                   Only then will they blossom,
           and most likely,
           blooming thirty,
   sixty,
   a hundred-fold,
as it is given to them.

Our purpose in this world is to help others,
by showing them their roses
and not their thorns.

It is then
   that we achieve the love
           we should feel for each other.

   Only then
           can we bloom
                   in our own garden. 1
Of Roses And Thorns
If there is righteousness in the heart
           There will be beauty in the character;

   If there is beauty in the character
   There will be harmony in the home;

     When there is harmony in the home
     There will be order in the nation;

             When there is order in the nation
                     There will be peace in the world. 2
To ourselves, we are great.

Yet most of us live life without making a stand,
contented to blend into the background
of self-rendering nothingness,

and when looking back feel contented
at our mediocre accomplishments.

   Nobody remembers the person
   who conformed out of inadequacy.

Nobody notices a patch of grass;
they see the tree. 3

                   If you really want something,
                           you'll find a way;
                          if you really don't,
                         you'll find an excuse.

                      Look past your thorns.
                             See the roses!
                       And sing your song!
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Acknowledgements:
[1] -Of Roses and Thorns  
~Author Unknown
[2] ~Sai Baba
[3] ~Wayne Burrow
MorningStar Inspirations from
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