Choose Love

The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In Choose Love we see how a courageous vine risks his life to protect his rose bush friend from the deer who are eating them. As the story goes, after years of being entwined they became one. Today when you want to pick a rose you have to deal with the thorns.


Life is a lot like the rose bush with its thorns. Sometimes in life you get stuck. It is going through those situations you find that it makes you stronger. Without the sand becoming an irritant in the shell of the oyster we would not have the lovely pearl. Water is essential for life. If everyday was sunny we would eventually run out of water.

As we dig deeper into the meaning behind this story, we find that everything has 2 sides or a front and a back. Neither is inherently good or bad, just different. How we choose to look at situations can greatly influence our outlook on life.

If we follow the example of nature, we see that when rain destroys a spider’s web, she just builds a new one. Nature does not wallow in self-pity but rather moves forward with what’s available. Nature is a great teacher, showing us how to move forward in the face of difficulties or setbacks.

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 

Henry Ford said, “Those who say they can and those who say they can’t are both usually right.” Our attitude in response to life’s challenges can affect how difficult or easy we move forward. Multiple times each day we get to choose our response to a given situation. Let’s remember the vine and choose love.

Excerpts from the following article:

“Nature reduces our anger, fear, and depression and increases our positive mood and psychological wellbeing. This not only increases our happiness; it makes us feel better physically.  

Time in nature also brings us out of ourselves and our narrow concerns and connects us to a larger world where we find beauty and interest. Thus the environment is connected not only to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health, but to purpose and community.”