O.T. The thorns in the rose

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sunflowergirl, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    Someone sent this to me today and I wanted to share this beautiful thought. Blessings to all of you today.

    Rex Barker here with "The Thorns in the Rose", sent in David W.

    Please submit your favorite inspirational stories, quotes or pieces to RexBarker@HumorNetwork.com.
    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, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns? Saddened by this thought, he stopped watering the rose, and just 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, grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
    Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them.
    This is one of the characteristic of love... to look at a person, know their true faults and accepting that person into your life... all the while recognizing the nobility in their soul. Help others to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the "rose" within themselves, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they blossom many times over.
    This is Rex Barker, CS (Cultivating the rose seed) reminding you to nurture the rose inside you, and to nature the rose of others. There are few things more greatly appreciated than this.