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Roses layered with texture and butterfly in CS3.

Of Roses and Thorns

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully.
Before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw a bud that would soon blossom.
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 “G-d-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,
and most likely, blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold,
as it is given to them.
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.


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  • NancyC
    NancyCabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work :)

  • Thank you Nancy!

    – sunshine0

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 4 years ago

    Wow Marie! Your words and your image are both just beautiful! XXSUEXX

  • Thanks Sue, gotta love that “wow” factor!

    – sunshine0

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful creation!!

  • Thank you Greta!

    – sunshine0

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work!!

  • Thank you JR!

    – sunshine0

  • Hal Smith
    Hal Smithabout 4 years ago

    sunshine this is so excellent, love the color harmony

  • Thank you so much Hal!

    – sunshine0

  • JandeBeer
    JandeBeerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you Jan!

    – sunshine0

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thanks Karen for the continued support and nice comments!

    – sunshine0

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Scott! : )

    – sunshine0

  • sharlee
    sharleeabout 4 years ago

    Wonderfu.. your story is so true and lovely.

  • Thank you Sharlee!

    – sunshine0

  • serinity57
    serinity57about 4 years ago

    this is the most stunning photo !!!

  • Thank you, I’m so glad you like it!

    – sunshine0

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