A man planted a rose, watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed,
he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also
the thorns. He thought, How can any beautiful flower come from a
plant burdened with so many sharp thorns. Saddened, he neglected
to water the rose so before it was ready to bloom, it died.
Similarly so it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose.
The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow with the passage of
time 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 his faults,
recognize the nobility in his soul and help him realize that he can
overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the
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.
Roses And Thorns – Philosophical Stories