I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people
sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives
them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and
brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.
A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone.
It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s
room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t
have to struggle to make your face different than
anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique
because you were created this way. Look at
little children in kindergarten. They’re all
different without trying to be. As long as
they’re unselfconsciously being themselves,
they can’t help but shine. It’s only later,
when children are taught to compete,
to strive to be better than others, that
their natural light becomes distorted.
Three weeks ago, on January 7th, I wrote Monday’s Gratitude, a post on the benefits of expressing gratitude. I listed three things in my life for which I am grateful and asked that you add, in the comment’s section, three things for which you are grateful. My intention is to do this every Monday. I’ve missed a few weeks, but now I’m back. I’d love to hear from you.
Monday’s gratitude list:
1. My sister and brother and the relationships we share.
2. A vase of red tulips on a gray, wet winter’s day.
3. The amazing view I get to enjoy every day and night.