The Rose Within Us

The Rose Within Us

A 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 neglected to water the rose, and just before it was ready to bloom… it died.

The fate of this rose is also the fate of many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The good 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 yourself and others to realize that we  can overcome our faults. If we see within us and show others the “rose” within themselves, we can all conquer our thorns. Only then will we blossom many times over.

(I have adapted this from a traditional tale)

Comments
3 Responses to “The Rose Within Us”
  1. Pandora says:

    ‘The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;
    the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.’ ~ Kahlil Gibran

  2. Sammed Patil says:

    ‘The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;
    the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.’… the opportunist pluck them and run away while the other two are busy in just looking at them…

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