“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”  Alphonse Karr

This points out the duality of gratefulness and grumbling, both sides of the same coin.  The reality is that despite my insistence on doing so, it is difficult to judge, in the moment, the “good” or “bad” of the consequences of a given event until its impact plays out in time.  Don’t get me wrong.  Some acts, some events are genuinely “bad,” but they seem to somehow “turn out alright” in the end, at least when viewed from a distance, over time,    In the context of the quote, am I focusing on the thorns or the roses?  Each time I start thinking down this path I think of Radney Foster’s tune – Half My Mistakes:

Half of my mistakes I swear I should’ve known better
Half of my mistakes were just amongst friends
You get a little distance on it, the truth is clearer
Oh, and half of my mistakes I’d probably make ’em again


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