Every Thorn in the Desert is a Flower.



“Every thorn in the desert is a flower,” goes an Israeli expression.


So how do we turn our attitudes around? Sometimes all we see is a thorn. Sometimes we really have to push ourselves into seeing a flower when it looks like a thorn. But how? When we’re disappointed, discouraged, fed up with our situation, it’s hard to look at things positively. But all we can do is try, just try to stay hopeful that something good is just around the corner.


Don’t give up before the miracle. If we feel like we’ve reached the end of our rope, tie a knot and hold on. Sometimes we have to take it not only a day at a time but a minute at a time. We have to force ourselves to look at a thorn and try to see it in a new light.

When discouraged, we have to remind ourselves not to step over the God line. That means letting go of one thing we might have wanted and saying to ourselves, OK, we need to see things differently. We need to try again. We need to dig in and learn a deeper spiritual lesson and really, really, grow through the pain. Not just go through the pain but grow throw it and accept the spiritual lessons we are given to make us into the persons we are meant to be. We’re not always given happines. Life is tough. We have to work hard at it.

Today, I’ll try to look at a thorn in my life and see it in a new light, as a spiritual lesson I’ve been given, something I can use to help me blossom into the best person I can be. We can’t give up before the miracle.


About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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4 Responses to Every Thorn in the Desert is a Flower.

  1. Turnip Times says:

    Sometimes it takes years to see the flower, but it is always there.

  2. Excellent post, Diana.
    I have plenty of thorns just waiting to be seen as flowers!

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