We Can Complain Because Rose Bushes Have Thorns

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses…To me, this quote is about reframing: taking something that is negative, thorns, and stepping back to find the more positive, roses. The first part of reframing is separating it from something that is “gravity”. Gravity is something that can’t be changed and reframing is changing something than can be. With reframing, it has helped me to adjust my attitude and realize that maybe something wasn’t meant the way I interpreted it. Sometimes it means letting go of what I see as negative and giving it a positive point of view. Another part of reframing is realizing that I do have control over my actions or thoughts, and I can decide how I react.

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States of America. He grew up in Kentucky, and from my reading in elementary school, he was a veracious reader and often was found reading by candlelight. Lincoln was primarily self-taught, became a lawyer in Illinois and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and then to the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure, Lincoln was at the forefront of modernization with banks, tariffs and railroads. When he was elected as President, seven southern slave states left the Union and became the Confederate States of America, which was the catalyst of the Civil War. President Lincoln was closely involved with the war as he also continued to work on ending slavery in the United States. Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1864 by John Wilkes Booth; a man, and a president, who died too early.

Sparkle & Shine Rose. Photographed @ The Huntington.

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