Are You Seeing Roses or Thorns?


We each see things differently. That’s neither right nor wrong. It just is. Nothing straight forward in life, but, hey, who wants it be too easy? Right?

It’s interesting actually, how each person can come up with their own version of truth for virtually any situation.

For instance, the Government.  Each of us hear and see the same thing. We witness their actions and non-actions and listen to the same promises which are rarely, if ever, kept. Yet every person in Australia sees the same incident differently. They may be able to agree with some of their friends, however, there’s a reason it’s recommended not to discuss politics or religion at a gathering. The event usually ends up in an argument or fisty-cuffs.  Either way, it’s not pretty.

Accident and crime witnesses are other circumstances where perception comes into play. It’s one of the ways which is used to determine what really happened, or if someone is lying, because each person’s vantage point is different.

When it comes to our lives, things aren’t much different. Our perception of a situation tends to be different to our partner’s, or others. Maybe it’s because we have our nose too close the road to see it clearly, or maybe we’re in denial.

In the face of hardships, we have two choices.

  1. See it as an impossible mountain to climb, with an energy-sucking, soul destroying and overwhelming mental load weighing heavily upon the shoulders.
  2. See it as a large hill which requires a fair bit of effort to get up and over, challenging to conquer and even though it’s heavy, a temporary load which won’t end the world.

As the saying goes…. there’s a solution to every problem….. meaning, there’s an eventual end to times of trouble.

Seasons come and seasons go.  

Life is a rollercoaster.

So, in the words of Abraham Lincoln…..

“You can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

You can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Your truth is in the way you look at the world and how you see your own little one relating to it.

Whether you only see the thorns or the roses, you’re right.

Which one are you tending to in your garden?

I Don’t Hate Me Anymore by Allison Rose Clark

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