Many times, when we see a rose, we admire its beauty –
the intense color
the softness of the petals
the wonderful aroma
Yet we seldom think on the process of which the rose had to endure to become a rose:
the planting of the seeds (dirt thrown on)
the dying of the seeds (must die to live)
the cultivating (watering, right amount of light)
the pruning (cutting away that which prevents proper growth)
and let’s not forget about the thorns. One seldom thinks of the thorns until they are stuck by the thorns (the painful but necessary part which makes it a rose).
I am a Rose.

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