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A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully.

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



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.

Some don't see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to

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 trust, 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 many times over, Our duty 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.




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