Saturday, August 8, 2009

A WEED IS NO MORE THAN A FLOWER IN DISGUISE

The paths I walk round the mountain slopes are lined with weeds, ugly weeds, bare and useless. Let me ask you this --- What are the weeds in your life today? Is it a disappointment, a falling of hopes and dreams, a betrayal, a failed or false expectation, an obnoxious person who makes life thorny for you, or a dead-end? Does that all make you want to give up? Willing to gather those weeds and throw them into the furnace? Wait! I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

No matter how much suffering or pain these things may have caused you, it can still be a source of joy and beauty. But only IF you agree and decide to look again AND hard enough. There’s something you are undoubtedly missing. Behind the bad times and worse struggles and difficult people around you are the unseen opportunities for growth in wisdom and maturity.

I’ve said this many times before and I will say it again – only through the fire shall we become even better. So, it may be necessary to experience bad times or the hopeless dead-ends -- so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can come out of it, and watch how you can grow from small to greatness.

The weeds that you see in your life – are actually dazzling flowers in disguise. Gorgeous flowers of wisdom, hope, faith, growth, courage, strength, and dreams renewed again and again. Truly a weed is no more than a flower in disguise. Don’t pluck out your weeds ----- just reveal the flower within.



17 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Similarly, I feel weeds are 'constructed' as plants that are useless and ugly! If we all change our perceptions and stop going by the stereotypes that have been inculcated in us as we were growing up, everything in life would appear beautiful!

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  2. So true Ellen.

    But the want of giving up is i guess a lot more stronger than the desire of trying to cling on to it and take it as a learning.

    I hope everyone including me understand the need of sticking to it. sooner than later.. later than never!!!

    ciao.

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  3. Hi Ellen,

    Thanks for such a nice post, its true.

    **Behind the bad times and worse struggles and difficult people around you are the unseen opportunities for growth in wisdom and maturity.

    Whatever it may have been, either good or bad, accept it and respect the learnings that u r getting frm that..

    It not only shows the maturity in thinking but is also explores the unspoken attitude behind ur words..keep it up!

    Nice post ...keep expressing.

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  4. Ellen,

    Read these 2 posts now. Changes do occure in all spheres but we tend to be ignorant about it. We walk the same path day after day but with eyes wide shut. Same goes for persons too. We meet our friends, co-workers and even our house help everyday but do we ever notice change in them? Not often,as we take them for granted. One needs a sharp eye to catch such minute changes. Weeds. Absolutely true. It is such obstacles which make us strong and determined to succeed.

    Take care

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  5. Dear Ellen,

    This post is very enlightening with good message in it..:)

    ***The weeds that you see in your life – are actually dazzling flowers in disguise

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom Ellen..Once we realize the weeds are the flowers in disguise everything looks worth struggling with utmost efforts..Very inspiring all together..:)

    Have a great day ..!

    Cheers,
    vyshu

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  6. Hey Ellen,

    I happen to come across your blog, and found it really inspiring. Your thoughts are highly matured and are thought provoking. "Don’t pluck out your weeds ----- just reveal the flower within." I liked this statement very much.

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  7. Hi Elen,
    I also think that a bad experience, failure - or weed as you call it - has something to teach you. However dissapointed a dissapointment may leave me, I never feel it was all a loss because nothing is a loss - today's failure is tomorrow's wisdom. And would we value success - complete absence of weed - if there were no failures, rejectections, difficulties. You are very hope-giving.

    Indrasish.

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  8. Hi Sapphire,

    This is good >>> '...If we all change our perceptions and stop going by the stereotypes that have been inculcated in us as we were growing up, everything in life would appear beautiful!...'

    And we certainly can change how we think. That is the beauty of a human being -- he can learn, reinvent himself, change, grow, develop, improve, mature, etc.

    I like your thoughts.
    Hope you share more of it here.
    Take care. God bless you
    and your family.

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  9. Hi Rup,

    You say '...But the want of giving up is i guess a lot more stronger than the desire of trying to cling on to it and take it as a learning. ..'

    Good observation and true about human nature. We always have a difficult time leaving our 'comfort zones'. That, I believe, is where the challenge lies. :-)

    Love it when you come, Rup, and sharing your insights with me. The pleasure is all mine.

    Always take care. I know how busy you are, but do take time to smell the flowers so to speak. :-)

    God bless you and your family.

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  10. Hi Pramoda,

    I agree with you -- '...Whatever it may have been, either good or bad, accept it and respect the learnings that u r getting frm that. ..'

    Glad to see you here. So nice of you to take time to drop by in spite of your busy day. Know that it's so appreciated. Take care, regards to your family. God bless you all.

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  11. Hello Jack,

    Yes it's so true, we do that >>>> '...but do we ever notice change in them? Not often, as we take them for granted. ...'

    - Indeed we take lots of things in life for granted. And only do we finally learn to appreciate them when it's taken away from us... when that which is so precious is gone.

    Thanks for dropping by, Jack, and for sharing your thoughts. My best regards to your family. God bless you and your loved ones.

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  12. Hi Vyshu,

    So nice to see you! Thanks for appreciating the writing. I've gone to your blog just awhile ago. Good thoughts and insights in there. Will be coming back to read the other posts.

    Hope you have a good week.
    Take care. God bless you & your family.

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  13. Hi Ravi, welcome to my blog!

    You know what, I liked that piece you wrote 'There Are No Accidents'. And yes, have also seen the movie 'Kungfu Panda'..not just once but several times Lol!!

    You wrote >> '...The events might be painful at times and even though we may not have control over those, the best way to face them is to being optimistic saying that "There are No Accidents, and Everything happens for the sake of good". ..'

    That's a good thought; I appreciate that. Keep writing whatever comes to your mind and blog it. You'll be surprised to discover your 'gold'.

    God bless you and your family.

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  14. Hello Indrasish,

    You say that >> '... - today's failure is tomorrow's wisdom. ..' ----- Beautifully said. It is a pleasure to see such precious pearls of wisdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    And thanks for dropping by today. It's appreciated. Take care and enjoy your day. God bless you and your family.

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  15. Hey Ellen,

    Thanks for your warm wishes.

    Good to see your appreciations on my post.

    It's also impressive to see your reference to the blogs as a wealth on their own!

    Keep in touch..

    Ravi

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