Roses or thorns?
“When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”
Today’s quote comes from the 13th century Persian Poet named Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī or Rumi for short. Rumi was a Sufi mystic and a prolific poet whose work has survived and weathered well into the 21st century.
Rumi reminds us that there are two ways to look at any situation. A rose is a beautiful flower, but it also laced with sharp thorns. The question is what are we focused on? Our lives are like that garden. Every day there are roses and thorns and we have a choice which we will spend our time thinking about, talking about, and acting upon.
It’s easy to get caught up in the thorns and miss the flowers – their beauty and sweet smells – completely. The choice each and every day is yours. Will you fill this day with flowers or thorns?