The Rose Within

     A certain woman planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, she examined it. She saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And she thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, she 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 Godlike 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 and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and help them realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Then will they blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to them.

     Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and 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.

~ Dave ~ PalletMaster ~

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2001 Dave ~ The PalletMaster ‘

"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."