Sunday, October 04, 2009

31 for 21 - Violets and Daisies

Towson Parents 2009 136

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." ~Buddha

Indulge me for a moment, and imagine yourself to be a violet growing smack dab in the middle of a beautiful bed of daisies -- and all of your (short) life, the multitude of daisies surrounding you seem frustrated that you are different. They try endlessly, and to the best of their abilities to turn your into a daisy, despite the fact that you, while very similar in many ways, are also very different than the other flowers who share your life. Would it serve you to try to be a daisy when it is clearly true that you aren't one, and never will be? How would it feel when the well-intentioned daisies around you continually insist that you look and act more like a daisy than the violet that you truly are? And, have you ever picked a violet and suddenly found yourself wishing that it were a daisy instead? Wouldn't you be glad of its' violetness, and that be sufficient, or rather exquisite, in and of itself? Is it any different with people?

I imagine, dear teacher, your mind is now thinking, well, this world is predominantly of, for and by the daisies. And true, you have generously and with much self-sacrifice spent a good deal of your time patiently teaching the violet a few daisy tricks, so that she can function effectively in the daisy bed. After all, she is growing there. And my point is, that if she has to deny her essence as a violet, there is no value at all in learning daisy skills. If daisy skills, however are optional, and she can be accepted as the violet that she is, she will gracefully and sweetly unfold into the fullness of her beauty, warmed by the sun, and nurtured by the trust and open-heartedness of her surrounding daisies.

**Violets, beloved friend and teacher, are NOT impaired daisies.**


Anonymous said...

love the essay (i included it in my end of year teacher's gift last year) and SUPER LOVE the picture - i don't know if that was the original composition, or if you cropped it, but having just the hint of greta and katrina's faces is so striking...i'm sure it's not easy, but i am loving this 31 for 21 - thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to do this...
debbie and binny

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this! Where did you find it- I'd like to make a sign with the saying.. can I get in touch with the person who wrote it?
Anyway- that pic of the girls is stunning!

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Lori said...

Looking forward to seeing your beautiful violet at the Buddy Walk this year! Great picture!