Something to think about each & every day
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 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 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.
When you can feel the wind caress your heart
and a smile
sets your spirit to soaring, can you help but wonder how
much joy the Creator may give. Maybe all the Creator
wants from us is to live a good life and once in awhile, to lift
our eyes to the sky and smile. Being Native has helped to
give me a strong spirit, pride in who and what I am and
strength to endure. May the Creator bless all of you with a
windy caress on your heart.