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Awareness of Thorns

Most people would agree that roses are a beautiful specimen.
They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and fragrances.
Some people find them mysterious and subtle,
While other people find them revealing and bold.

Roses possess unique powers.

They have the power to bring joy during a time of sorrow.

They have the power to turn a frown into a smile.

They have the power to demonstrate love without words.

Roses are adorned by many people despite their sticky thorns.

Do the thorns nullify their beauty?

Do the thorns make them less colorful, shapely, and fragrant?

Do the thorns invalidate their power? 

The answer to the above questions is an unequivocal “No!”

Then why do roses have thorns?

They are unsightly, annoyingand cumbersome.

The answer is that they are needed for survival.

And, simply put, they are a necessary evil.

Thorns protect roses from predators which extends their existence.

Humans experience pain,

Which in turn, makes us stronger, better, and resilient.

Thorns like pain are necessary for survival.

Let’s become aware of our thorns,

Then use our awareness to

Overcome obstacles and creatively

Construct the life that we want to live!


by Dr. Chasity K. Adams


The secret to happiness and emotional stability is Self-acceptance.

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