Embrace your thorns
I am told that there is a Native American legend that says in the beginning, no roses had thorns, but that they made such delicious eating, that the Rabbits and other creatures who loved grass and herbs, nibbled the petals and green leaves, and sometimes ate up the bushes. By and by there were only a few Rose-Bushes left in the whole world.
Well, the Rose-Bushes that were left met together to see what they could do about it, and they decided to go and find Nanahboozhoo, and ask him for help. Now this Nanahboozhoo was a strange fellow. He had magic power and could make himself as tall as a tree or as small as a Turtle. He could not be drowned or burned or killed, and he had a very bad temper when he was displeased. He was hard to find, for sometimes he was an animal and at other times a man. But they did find him and he had been very displeased at the wild creatures devouring his beautiful roses. So he gave them a lot of small, thorn like prickles to cover their branches and stems close up to the flowers, so that the animals would not be able to eat them. After that Nanahboozhoo sent the Rose-Bushes to their home, on the back of the wind. And that is why now all roses have thorns.
Embrace your thorns.