NO ROSE WITHOUT A THORN
Introduction: Rose needs no advertisement. Its beauty speaks volume. Former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was always seen with a rose tucked in his overcoat. In Hindu temples, one can see the roses decorate the deity in the sanctum sanctorum. However, there is one thing about rose. One has to be very watchful when plucking the rose from the garden, for it is surrounded by sharp thorns.
Explanation: This proverb implicit what life is to a person, no matter whether or not educated, rich or poor or whatever the social standings of an individual. Life comprises both good and bad, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow, success and failure, and similarly all ups and downs. All the plus points or the high spots can be compared with the rose, while the low spots are like the thorns that surround these beautiful flowers.
To throw more light on this, one cannot go on earning without spending, or vice versa. Every coin has two sides. Every man has two qualities: that which he exhibits and that which he has in reality. We have heard one complain, saying that the thorn had plucked him/her while plucking the rose. But reading between the lines, it is the person who poked his/her hands in the thorn and not the other way round.
As if to open the eyes of these blind commentators, someone had said, “Don’t blame that roses have thorns. Be pleasant that thorns have roses.” So, instead of looking at a setback, it is advisable for a man with six senses to consider both sides of an issue, understand the setbacks like where the thorns are and carefully approach the problem, anticipating the unexpected.
To achieve this, one has to have patience and a foolproof approach. It is almost like a challenge. Once, one had achieved a difficult task, the thrill of success can go down one’s memory lane. This proverb portrays a lovely lesson that nothing is easy, and at the same time, nothing is difficult. Former British PM Margaret Thatcher had rightly said, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
This proverb does not confine to hard work or things. It endorses different human beings and their character, as well. Some people are nice to move with; some are rude. It is in all age groups, from school kids to silvers. But it is necessitated to understand one thing: nobody is perfect. People are like roses. Every human has a mixture of some goodness and some badness. If one goes on find fault with the others, then he/ she would not find anybody so perfect.
Take a simple cue from the fish as how they breathe. They swallow the water as a whole, digest only oxygen from it and expel the rest containing dirt and filth through their scale.
Conclusion: Nobody is perfect. It is said that “Only in grammar one can be perfect.”