Protect Yourself Against The Sharp Rose Thorns Of Life

Darrin Atkins
3 min readFeb 20, 2024

Use the right requirement and be safe

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Today I was in the back garden and I found a task for myself. It was about to rain, but I know I had to tackle this assignment before it got out of hand.

The rose bush had grown way too tall. It posed a real danger as it could fall over or be pushed by the wind into the neighbor’s yard.

I grabbed the step stool and hand shears and started cutting the long rose bush branches, and some were very tall.

“Are your hands bleeding?" somebody asked me from inside the house after I had been working a while.

I looked down and, sure enough, I had some big thorn cuts on my fingers and hands.

Then the rain started. I should have gotten some gloves at this time or way before, but I wanted to get this cutting done before the heavy rain started.

Eventually I finished the task and went inside, out of the rain. I washed the blood off my fingers and arms.

What should I have done differently? I should have taken the time to find and wear the garden gloves. I should have made a plan. I should have been open-minded to a better process and stopped midway through everything in order to do it better.

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This incident regarding the sharp rose thorns reminded me that a person can face similar situations in life.

You can choose three different paths:

  • You can be totally unprepared
  • You can be partly prepared
  • You can be fully prepared

The good thing is that you are often given a chance to change your preparation level at any time, even during the activity itself.

As for me, I could have stopped for a moment and found some garden gloves. That improvement in my preparation level would have made the task more enjoyable because I would have had fewer rose thorns cutting lines on my fingers and hands. Those things are painful.

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Darrin Atkins

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