Monday, July 11, 2011

manic mondays : the lesson of the jacaranda tree

This weekend, my husband had decided to trim the overgrown Jacaranda tree growing in the front yard.   The branches had started to droop with the weight of the lush bloom of its purple flowers. The branches that drooped down had become cumbersome and had reached halfway down the ground.  It had made it impossible to walk by the tree without snagging your hair, clothing or even poking your eye with the branches sticking out.

My husband then took the garden trimmer and began to cut away at the branches that had gotten in the way.  At the same time, he had asked my daughter to help him pick up the branches, leaves and flowers that had fallen, then instructed her toss them in the garbage bin he had placed close by.  I sensed the confusion in her face.  She had asked why we don't like, and have to throw away the "pwetty flowers".  

As her dad continued to trim the flowers away.. my daughter began picking up bunches of the flowers and instead of sticking them in the bin, she brought them to me.  She can't stop gushing at how beautiful they are.  And there I saw in my daughter's eyes how differently she can see things than my husband and I.

We never looked beyond the beauty of these flowers.  We saw them as nothing but cumbersome branches that we just want to quickly get out of our way.

I think no matter how hectic or "manic" your Mondays are.  Take the time to see the beauty of today.  There may be sharp branches that poke and prod you as you walk along, but attached to those pesky branches, are beautiful lush flowers, vying to get your attention.  

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thich Nhat Hahn


Jessy said...

the flowers are very beautiful indeed~~~great photos~~~


LuvJ said...

Thanks for stopping by - love your blog.. I followed as well ;)

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