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The Rose Within

Discussion in 'Spiritual Articles' started by Archived_Member16, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Archived_Member16

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    A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully,
    and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud
    that would soon blossom and also 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 a 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 possible 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 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 can we bloom in our
    own garden.

    - http://www.godswork.org/encouragement51.htm
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  3. Harry Haller

    Harry Haller United Kingdom
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    The cuddle one once said, focus on a persons faults, you validate their negatives, focus on a persons good qualities you raise them,

    I think it applies equally to self and others, perhaps more so in others
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