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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. Many of us just don’t know how to protect our roses. We sheer close our doors of our soul to roses by showing qualities of sharp, hard and strong horns in front of others. We cannot protect ourselves any more. However, the result turns out to be the opposite. We not only hurt others by stinging people’s skins, but also roses at the bottom of their heart. Worse still, we hurt ourselves. Here is the reason. We hurt others. In return, other people are too sad to remember to come to us, communicate with us and give the thought of water to us which help our roses to blossom.  
Now that we are confronted with this undesirable fact, we have to think carefully and see where we are going. Yes, we should change the method we treat others. The roses in human’s soul are the best and beautiful things in the world, while the thorns are the worst and ugly ones. We should show our roses to people around us, despite the fact that we ought to show our thorns to the evil and we can hardly tell whether the people around us are the evil or not. 
And above all, what is the fundamental factor is that we play down ourselves. We want to arm ourselves with the thorns to cover the fact that we are vulnerable in our soul. It’s okay to be afraid of the things we don’t understand. It’s okay to feel anxious when things aren’t working our way. It’s okay to feel lonely … even when we’re with other people. It’s okay to feel unfulfilled because we know something is missing (even if we’re not sure what it is). It’s okay to think and worry and cry. It’s okay to do whatever we have to do, but just remember, too, that eventually we’re going to adjust to the changes life brings our way, and we’ll realize that it’s okay to love again and laugh again, and it’s okay to get to the point where the life we live is full and satisfying and good to us … and it will be that way because we made it that way.
Written by Melody

                                                                                                            Oct. 16th, 2008

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