My children gave me a sleek, black leather vintage vase for Christmas. Of course I had to play with it….so into the vase went:
Red Osier Dogwood branches (Red Twig Dogwood)
Weeping Birch branches
Wild Rose branches with rose hips on them……..
The branches are tangled after two seasons in my house; going into and out of different containers. There’s another reason they are tangled. Do you know what it is? It’s those thorns! Wild Roses have lots of thorns! ;)
But actually, I don’t mind the thorns. I love the roses that come in the spring and summer, with their delicate scent wafting across the yard. They are small and white with a tiny yellow center. And they are very delicate, like fine bone china. In the fall, when the rose petals drop, I look forward to the rose hips~ first green, then turning red, and finally reddish-orange. I never thought they were edible, but recently I read about Rose Hip Jam and other items made from them.
So how could I be angry with the thorns, when the Wild Rose bush gives me so much joy?
I found a quote that mirrors my thoughts:
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
Then my thoughts turned to life. There are thorns in each of our lives…those things that irritate us, make us upset, sad, or angry. But if we look around we should be able to find something that brings us happiness, love, serenity or joy….and helps us weather the storm.
In every cloud there is a silver lining…..we just need to look~
Good night my friends~