Often, someone will say something in passing that does not pass me by at all.
In fact, stops me in the moment.
Such was the case very recently.
There was a discussion involving roses and thorns and how to use this reference as an ice breaker in a room of leaders.
What was the best part of your week, (the rose)…what was the worst part of your week, (the thorn)?
And that question took me back to another conversation I had a few months ago with a leader of people as well.
We were discussing roses and their personal interest in them.
Coincidental tie in to all of this?
I think not.
This leader said, “Did you know the thorn on a rose has a purpose? It is to protect the beauty of the rose.”
In months since, I have considered this thought many times and have applied it to life.
We each have in our lives days that we consider a thorn, painful, frustrating, causing us to consider quitting at whatever is causing us pain, whether physical or otherwise.
And…we each have days in our lives that we consider a rose, a gift, filled with beauty and all that we can hope for in life.
You simply have to see beyond the thorns to take in the beauty of the rose.