Thorn Bushes Have Roses

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” 

~Abraham Lincoln

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Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers. They also have large, sharp and painful thorns.  The thorns are so sharp they can even puncture most gardening gloves. If picking a rose is what you wish, one must do so with caution as the thorns can cause you to bleed.

But as this quote states, we can focus on the curse of the thorns, or the beauty of the rose.  It’s a matter of perspective.

This also applies in the way we choose to view our world and similarly our lives.  You’re either an optimist or a pessimist.  Either the glass is half full, or half empty.

I’m not saying that in life you can only be an optimist.  As with a rose bush, we cannot only notice the rose, it is important not to ignore the thorns as well, as they each have a purpose.

The same applies to the pessimist.  If you only focus on the thorns, without a doubt the thorns will not ignore you.  Similarly, life is like that too.  We always get more of whatever we focus on.

Your attitude is up to you.  Don’t get me wrong, there are days that I am a pessimist and other days I am an optimist.  But most days, it’s through the lenses of an optimist that I choose to view my world.

What roses and thorns are you dealing with in your personal life?  Try to get past whatever is holding you back from seeing more roses.  You must believe that the world is for you and not against you.  And although we shouldn’t ignore the thorns, it is the rose that makes life worth living.

Begin to focus more on your roses and less on your thorns and you will be amazed how your life will take a different turn, but only if you let it.

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