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.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. Many of us
look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects and neglect to
water the rose within us, and eventually it dies without realizing its
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.
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…