“The difference between a flower and weed is a judgment.”Unknown
As I stumbled upon the most delicate flower on the end of a weed stem, I realized, once again, beauty is found in the most unlikely places.
At times we wander, even feeling lost in this world. But recognizing that we all have a unique purpose, is an integral part of self-acceptance.
Weeds are only seen as weeds because they are not intentionally grown and even viewed as a plant out of place, growing wildly. However, they heal the land. Their deep roots can reach deep within the earth and add nutrients to the soil making it less vulnerable to future wind and water erosion.
Hiding our true natures may simply be self-protective of wounds we hold deep inside. Weeds may need to grow. This protection proves necessary after storms of life erode the solid foundation we relied upon, wearing away our best versions of ourselves.
Just like thorns, negativity can crop up quickly in our lives when we are cut off from beneficial relationships and the nutrients we need. However, thorns grow where nothing else will, providing a healthier foundation from where good things can grow.
We can appreciate that our personal growth doesn’t always come invited or as a smooth process. It is an ongoing process of self-discovery. At times we bloom wildly and at other times we expose our prickly armor. Yet, we have a choice to use our natures to benefit ourselves and others or succumb to the negative and self-sabotaging characteristics which plague us and scare others away.
Taking the time to understand how we see the world is valuable. Perspective is everything, even in nature.
Look outside, what do you see? Clearly, what you want to see. The same is true when we look within ourselves. We see what we want to see. It is when we can fully accept ourselves that we make our best selves known to others.
Think of yourself as a part of nature. You are necessary. You were created for a purpose.
Look for the flowers in your weeds and appreciate the unexpected thorns along the way as you learn what to guard, how to change your direction if necessary, and, most importantly, how to grow.
©Erika K Rothwell