One day, before it blossomed, he stopped and examined it.
He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought to himself:
“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.
As with the Rose, it is with 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.
Sometimes people do not see the rose within themselves; sometimes it takes someone else to point out their potential for 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 characteristics of love… to look at a person, know their true faults and accept 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.
Reach out your hand to others and who knows what beautiful flowers will bloom in front of you.
Just something to keep in mind each and every day that you connect with people.
You may be the water that helps someone thrive into greatness. Or you could be the person who dashes their hopes and dreams by what you say and how you act to them.
Even though we may all wish to improve ourselves and our lives, we must always be considerate of others in the process.
- Parable of the Rose (mypalacemyrefuge.wordpress.com)
- When It Comes (ejaife.wordpress.com)
- We Who Bloom (tappingthewellwithin.com)