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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 at 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 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 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.

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Fantastic bhajo-bhaji (do u watch cricket?) if i could rep u on these boards i would. uve bought forth a few good stories. another one about thorns and roses i heard was in a song sung by babbu mann, where the thorns protect the rose or flower their whole life, and then a bee swoops in and takes the nectar, reffering to non-indian guys coming to india and marrying all the girls, leaving the poor indian boys with no-one.

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