Roses or Thorns? – Day 64 of 365 Days to a Better You

Roses or thorns?

Today’s thought:

“When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”

jasmine1Today’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?

Stay inspired!


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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

2 thoughts on “Roses or Thorns? – Day 64 of 365 Days to a Better You”

  1. I missed the bus I was supposed to catch so I could make a meeting on time this morning. I muttered and said words that aren’t very nice. (The thorn.) The card reader on the next bus was broken, so I got a free bus ride – and I made my meeting on time. (The rose.) And it’s Pancake Day, so it’s all rosy from here on in.

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