Finding Gratitude: We Need Roses and Thorns

Finding Gratitude: We Need Roses and Thorns

It’s funny what a cup of steamy tea can teach you. As I dunked my bag of soothing chamomile, I was wishing away my morning nausea, a common side effect of rheumatoid arthritis. I even added ginger to the oversized mug for good measure.

As I continued steeping and dunking, I noticed this Persian Proverb on the tag hanging from the tea bag. “He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.”

Ahhh, so true.

Whether you call it seeking balance, ying-yang, light/dark, good vs evil or any other metaphor for the delicate dance between what we enjoy and loathe, we can’t have one without the other.

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My nausea is my body reacting to an overactive immune system. My body (mistakenly) thinks it’s revving up to heal something that’s amiss. Maybe an impending cold bug or my lingering ear infection. I have no idea. But, the queasiness will pass.

So, I’m shifting my thoughts and having gratitude for the wellness I enjoyed earlier this morning that allowed me to edit an article for one of my marketing clients, attend a gentle yoga class and enjoy a warm fall day. As the nausea subsides, I’ll enjoy the positive moments before me, with more respect and gratitude since I experienced a bit of unease earlier today.

Can you see the roses among the thorns in your day?

Until next time,
Choose healthy!

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