24 December, 2011


Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.

The first seed said, "I want to grow!

I want to send my roots

Deep into the soil beneath me,

And thrust my sprouts

Through the earth's crust above me ...

I want to unfurl my tender buds

Like banners to announce the arrival of spring ...

I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face

And the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!"

And so she grew...

The second seed said,

"I am afraid.

If I send my roots into the ground below,

I don't know what I will encounter in the dark.

If I push my way through the hard soil above me

I may damage my delicate sprouts ...

What if I let my buds open and

A snail tries to eat them?

And if I were to open my blossoms,

A small child may pull me from the ground.

No, it is much better for me

To wait until it is safe."

And so she waited...

A yard hen scratching around

In the early spring ground

For food found the waiting seed

And promptly ate it.

Moral of the Story:

Those of us who refuse to risk and grow - Get swallowed up by life.

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