I am good in planting roses. Subok ko na iyan mula pagkabata pa. Kahit iyong mga pangregalong rose, puputulin ko lang iyong sa mismong bulaklak at itutusok sa lupa, tutubo na. Ewan ko kung bakit.
Kahit noong una akong magwork abroad, as Agricultural Research and Laboratory Manager ng isang malaking farm, ang boss ko ay isang Saudi Prince, panglima sa trono (kung buhay pa siya, pang-apat na siya ngayon), me ipinabungkal ako sa disyerto naming farm na about 60 sq meters plot, at installed with sprinkler – cum – drip watering system na tinaniman ko ng roses. At sa paligid nito ay about half hectare ng dates at iba’t ibang fruits like apple, pomengranate, figs, quince, pear, apricot, grapes, to name a few.
Pero ang pinakatampok nga ng tinawag naming Date Garden ay ang taniman ko ng rose na kinalugdan ng husto ng prinsipe, prinsesa at mga anak nila. Mga ilang tanim na natatandaan ko pa roon ay ang mga varieties (in groups) ng Hybrid teas like Betty White, Cajun Spice, Pink peace, Red intuition, the Grandifloras like Gold medal, Floribundsa like Intrigue, Pasadena Star at Polyanthas like Verdun, Lullaby. Of course, imported ang binhi na galing pa sa contacts naming sa Wageningen, Holland.
One of my Somali caretaker sa Date Garden remarked one day, “Beautiful flowers master, but why with many thorns. Too much painful to the hands before you cut beautiful flower.”
I remember my reply, “You know Ali Noor, that is the sweetness of life. Any wonderful thing in life, any magnificent and beautiful thing you see and experience results from thorns. In every people’s life there is a rose. When we were born, God had already placed these roses – beautiful things in us, within us, and these grow into more marvelous and wonderful things despite of the thorns of our faults along our way of life.”
“I still don’t understand, if it is wonderful, why place thorns?” he insisted.
“That is the answer Ali,” I remarked. “We tend to see only the thorns, our defects, our failures, our inadequacies. It drives us to despair. How do you get these beautiful flowers despite these thorns? You water, you weed, you protect the leaves from pests, you put fertilizer, because your objective is to have beautiful flowers, not beautiful thorns. In the same manner, in our lives, we must nurture the gifts that God gives us, amidst the hardships and the hurdles we encounter in life. And we must be able to reach others, despite their own thorns, their faults, their mistakes, their imperfections, and find the roses within them.”
“Now, I understand master (by the way, “master” is how these guys address their boss), that is why despite the trouble in the world, you know even in my country, there is still people who cares, because of the roses.” was his intelligent reply.
Finding the roses despite the thorns in other persons is one of the real meaning of LOVE. Tinitingnan at tinatanggap ang kapuwa, at iniaangat ang kadakilaan ng kanyang pagkatao.
Tulungan natin ang ibang tao na makita ang mga rosas sa kanilang sarili, hindi ang mga tinik sa kanilang pagkatao. Sa pamamagitan nito mamumulaklak ang pagmamahal sa mundo.
“Where is love? Must I travel far and wide? ‘Til I am beside the someone who I can mean something to …Where…? Where is love?” – William “Oliver” Swoffor, Theme from Oliver