Roses on Thorns

He who goes to pluck roses
Must get ready to be pricked

Today I trimmed the roses in my garden. Despite my best efforts to stay out the thorns’ way, I got pricked several times. Looking at them now, I can appreciate their beauty and elegance. However , I learned two valuable lessons from the task.

1. It is foolhardy to embark in a project or get involved with things without thinking of the underlying consequences. If one must succeed, we have to count the cost of what it would take to achieve our venture.

Starting something without proper evaluation of what lies ahead is the same as attempting to pluck a rose flower without due consideration to the thorns around it.

2. Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers on earth with a cool sweet fragrance. But to pick those roses is not a job for the lily-livered. You must learn how to navigate the prickly razor-sharp thorns. Hence, despite been pricked, I carried on with the job until I got my roses.

Watching them as they beautifully adorned my living room gave me so much joy and great sense of accomplishment. Even my children were ecstatic about them.

For anything worth doing, for any rose worth picking, there will always be the thorns and tussles of life. Discouragements and disappointments are bound to occur. To achieve what you set out to do, you must set your eyes on the prize. Stop at nothing, let no thorn stop you until you have your “roses”.

And when you finally achieve your goal, sit down and enjoy that awesome joy and sense of accomplishment.

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