“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
– Abraham Lincoln
What way are you looking at your situation today?
Are you grateful for what you have?
Do you see the bright side…
Can you see the beauty of the sun, despite the clouds?
The sun is still there. And it still has the same power and warmth and joy it had yesterday. Be patient. Let the cloud pass…
Believe that what is happening has not just an okay ending, but a grand purpose. It might be a challenge to cultivate and cut roses, but the end result is an exquisite flower. It’s pure beauty and joy.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln is regarded as one of America’s greets heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. Lincoln’s distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve.
Though his parents were likely illiterate, his mother encouraged him to read. Neighbors recalled how Abraham would walk for miles to borrow a book. He undoubtedly read the Bibles as well as other popular books at the time. (Bio Source: A. Lincoln)
Earliest roses are known to have flourished 35 million-years ago and hips have been found in Europe and petrified rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs.
In Ancient Greek mythology, when Venus’ son Cupid was stung by a bee he accidentally shot arrows into a rose garden. It was believed to be the sting of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns. When Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, it was the droplets of her blood which turned the roses red. (History of Flowers: The Flower Expert)