The struggle is real

Comparing life to a rose garden

Have you ever struggled with or about something in your life? I'm pretty sure we all have. After all, it is a part of life. Have you ever heard the saying, "I never promised you a rose garden"? There was a popular song in the 1970s by Lynn Anderson, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden".

The song begins with the lyrics, "I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden. Along with the sunshine. There's gotta be a little rain some time ".

I think the writer of this song, Joe South, had a little insight as to what life is all about.

We were never promised our lives would be like a rose garden. When the blossoms are all abloom a rose garden permeates beauty and perfection! When most people think of a rose garden all they think about is the beauty and perfection they see. But then, a rose garden can have its own struggles too. It needs to be nourished and watered. What if it doesn't rain often enough? What if the soil isn't hearty enough? Not to mention the dead leaves and stems that need to be pruned (cut off). So, even a rose garden needs to be tended to in order to maintain its quality of beauty and perfection. Wow. The more I think about it, the more it seems life just might be closer to a rose garden than I originally thought. After all, as humans don't we need water, nourishment, and pruning? Don't we need "tending" to? Hmm...something to think about.