(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I say in the video, I really like Alphonse Karr's inspirational quote (and I also like the rest of Alphonse Karr's quotes below too) as it is a beautiful way of looking at topics like appreciation, gratitude, positivity and its opposite negativity.
The thing is these 'some people' who complain about thorns, probably don't consider themselves ungrateful - they probably just don't like the thorns.
They probably don't see themselves as being negative or 'glass half empty' types, either.
But just because we don't see ourselves as lacking in gratitude for what we have in our lives, doesn't mean to say that we don't lack gratitude.
Just because we don't think of ourselves as negative, doesn't mean we're not negative.
And just because we can appreciate 'obvious' things like beautiful sunny days doesn't mean that we are appreciative.
So Alphonse Karr's inspirational quote, to me anyway, is a great way of measuring our level of gratitude and appreciation.
So if you check out my Weekly Wonder video, I give you a personal example of how *I* look at the landscape that surrounds me. I treat the West Yorkshire landscape, I guess, as 'thorns with roses' rather than how many others do - many who live in Yorkshire, by the way - as 'roses with thorns'.
That's not to say that if you don't love the landscape as I do, that you're negative or ungrateful. This is just my example of *my* gratitude and appreciation in action.
Alfonse Karr's quote simply makes us think about roses and thorns in a more metaphorical way. His words urge us to look for the gratitude, maybe, in a situation that we're not grateful for.
And, really, how many lives would not be brightened by being able to do this each and every day.
So thank you very much, Alphonse, for being able to come up with such a simple, direct, way to encourage gratitude and appreciation.
That's what I say, anyway. And, as I hope you now know, I'm always eager to hear what you say, too.
Yes, that's right, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Alphonse Karr quote! :-)