before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would
blossom and also have thorns. And he thought, "How can any
beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp
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 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
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 it so 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 thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth
thirty, sixty, a hundred fold as it is given to him.
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 we can bloom in our own