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      Dear Jake and Jan :}
      Would you please e-mail me ,thanks little warrior.

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        I haven’t let you know lately how much knowing the both of you and all the other people on this board mean to me. You show everyone you come in contact with “the rose within” and I for one love you for it!

        This is for you:

        A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it
        blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom
        and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower
        come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by
        this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to
        bloom, it died.

        So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose.The
        God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our
        faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the
        defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from
        us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We
        never realize our potential.

        Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must
        show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be
        able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the
        characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults,
        recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can
        overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the
        thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a
        hundred-fold as it is given to him.

        Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and
        not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for
        each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.
        ~Author Unknown~

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