Hope Among The Thorns …

Every rose bush has thorns. This baby bird found a tiny spot among the thorns on this branch to relax.  It allowed me a wonderful photo opportunity. It also gave me hope and peace to view nature. A new life of a baby bird and a rose bud opening.

Roses with thorns have long been a symbol of adversity, as well as sacrifice. Abraham Lincoln said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” 

RobinIn Oscar Wilde’s famous work, “The Nightingale and the Rose,” a nightingale pierces its breast on a rose thorn so the lover may have a red rose for his beloved.

The thorns, while unpleasant to gardeners, serve a practical purpose. They guarantee that roses survive the wiles of humans and animals.

Oh for the beauty and fragrance in life if we only look!

I noticed this tree has a single heart-shaped leaf in the most unusual place – making it one very unique tree. 

  treeI often realize that each adversity in my life makes my heart much more sensitive and beautiful. As it is in each adversity that we stop and truly notice life all around us in a different … unique way … making us grateful for each new moment to be alive.

Take a moment today and find your own hope among the thorns …

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,


4 Responses

    1. Gavin and Rosie

      Thank you Kathryn for following along with Sweet Conclusions and your reply. Yes, lovely summer time!

    1. Gavin and Rosie

      Thank you Maggie for following along with Sweet Conclusions and your reply. My bush is full of those beautiful flowers!!

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