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 truest, 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. 
--- Author Unknown - Submitted by Charity --- Singapore


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