A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE
– but it gets better –

Don’t ever give up on life.
Life can be so beautiful, especially after you’ve spent a lot of time with it.
Because then, life becomes like a lover you have been close to for so many years.
You know it/him/her so well, and yet every day it/he/she gives you a surprise.

As the fox said in “The Little Prince”, ‘You’ll understand that yours is the only rose in the world. Because, it’s the time you spent on your rose, that makes your rose so special.”

My first reaction was, “what if the thing or the person I spent time on, my rose, simply was not with me anymore? Does it mean that I wasted my life?”

Then, suddenly, I became aware that my rose, the one that stayed with me the longest, the one I gave water to for the last 71 years, was me!

So be patient with your rose ’cause it just gets better and better.
Remember, it is your rose, and nobody else’s!

I love you!

yoko

Yoko Ono

for Valentine’s Day 14th February 2011

Originally published: August, 2004.
Photograph: “Portrait of my flower girl – Yoko” by John Lennon.

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