A White Rose

give white rosesI learned something recently that I really need to remember and use myself. So this one is as much to reinforce and remind myself of this as anything. When a friend was upset at someone that she thought had wronged her she joked about wanting to give the other person a piece of coal. But instead she sent a white rose.

I don’t know what she wrote, but it was something about purity of heart and it didn’t totally end the issue but it didn’t make it worse. And it did raise her up a lot in my eyes. It might feel good to zing someone back but the more you want to retaliate the more important it is to respond in love.

So the next time I get angry I’m going to follow her example and send a white rose. Hopefully even if you read this and know what it means, you’ll still appreciate it and know that I love you in spite of whatever issue we might have.

5 responses

  1. quidlyn

    The lines that come to mind, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and “turn the other cheek.” It is something worth really important to keep in mind.

    December 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

  2. 1suzilyn

    Its easy to do the right thing when you have angels guiding you..blessed….a Motto—lead with kindness…be kind whenever possible….its ALWAYS possible….blessed

    December 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

  3. Kindness disarms anger. This post reminded me of this story…….

    Carl was an 87-year-old man who was known for his great kindness.

    One day, the church needed a volunteer to take care of its small garden—and Carl volunteered.

    Faithfully, he went to water the plants in that garden daily.

    One day, three teenagers walked in. Carl saw them and greeted them, “Hi boys. Do you want a drink? It’s a hot day…”

    But the boys pushed him to the ground, stole his wallet and watch, and ran away, laughing.

    The priest, who watched the scene from his window, came running towards Carl. “Carl, are you okay?” he asked frantically.

    Carl stood up, brushed himself, and said, “I’m okay. I hope those boys grow up.” He got the hose, adjusted the nozzle, and started watering again.

    “What are you doing?” the priest asked, shocked.

    Carl said, “It’s a hot day. The plants need water.”

    The minister was speechless. He also realized that he never sensed a shred of bitterness or anger in his Carl.

    Two weeks later, the three young thugs returned.

    Carl saw them and greeted them, “Hello boys. Do you want a drink?” The boys didn’t rob him. Instead, they yanked the hose from him and wet him from head to toe. They walked away, laughing and calling him names.

    Though drenched, Carl picked up the hose and continued watering the plants.

    One month later, one of the boys, the tallest one, came walking into the garden. Carl saw him and smiled, “Hello son…”

    The young man gave Carl a brown bag.

    “What is this?” the elderly man asked.

    He opened it and saw his wallet and watch.

    “I couldn’t sleep last night,” the young man said. “We hurt you. We hated you—but you didn’t hate us back. You were still kind to us… I knew I had to return these to you.”

    He then walked away.

    Some time later, Carl passed away. The Church mourned for his loss. And a few days later, the priest posted a sign in their bulletin board: “We need a new volunteer for Carl’s Garden.”

    A day later, a young man walked into the office of the priest.

    Immediately, the priest recognized him. He was one of the three thugs that attacked Carl a couple of months ago.

    The young man said, “If you’ll take me, I’d like to volunteer to take care of Carl’s Garden.”

    The priest smiled and accepted his offer.

    Since that day, he visited that garden and watered the plants everyday. He did so for many years.

    One day, that young man came into the church with a new baby in his arms. He went to the priest and said, “Can you baptize my baby?”

    “What name do you want to give your baby?” the minister asked.

    “Carl,” the young man smiled.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    • that’s such a great story

      December 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

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