Do You Feel Like You Don’t Quite Fit In?…

Quotes and Notes # 289, August 20

A lovely heart-shaped weed that doesn't quite fit in.

A lovely heart-shaped weed that doesn’t quite fit in.

“A weed may be defined as ‘a plant that is in the wrong place’”—Johntheplantman –

My grandmother gave me a Bible for my birthday in 1952. The inscription she wrote on the first page said, “May you grow in wisdom as you grow in stature.”—Well, I did a good quick job with the stature thing, but the other part was slow to develop and I’m still working on it.

I grew tall quickly. I always stood out in a crowd of my peers, but I never quite felt like I fit in. I worried about fitting in for many years, but over time, as I worked on gardens, I found myself pulling weeds and saying, “You just don’t fit in here.” Every now and then, when I found a very nice weed, I would leave it and watch it—or, perhaps, I would dig it up and move it to a place that it seemed to belong in. Sometimes I would nurture the weed and care for it, but most of the time I just left it to its own devices because weeds are strong. Weeds are survivors. A lot of weeds are good-looking and smart.

I am a weed. Now I have learned to look around me and say something like, “I don’t quite fit in here. Maybe if I moved over there I could spread out and reach my potential.”

Do you ever feel like you don’t belong? Do you worry about what others say or think about you? Perhaps you need to re-think your position. Perhaps you need to concentrate on your own growth and your own place.

Grow in wisdom
Share a smile with someone who looks confused
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What is a Weed?

Quotes and Notes #272, August 3

Grandma's cut flowers

Grandma’s cut flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.”—Luther Burbank—

Some people may curse the dandelions in their immaculate lawns, but we are all delighted when we see a field of dandelions blooming in the sun. Few among us have never picked a dandelion seed pod and waved it around like a bubble blower, watching the seeds fly out into the air.

We all love our flowers—whether cultivated or what we refer to as weeds. Remember, a weed is merely a plant that is in the wrong place.
Grandma had her zinnias in the house from spring to fall.

Remember the flowers and smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Am I a Flower in the Pasture or a Weed in The Garden?

Quotes and Notes #259, July 21

Intricate beauty finds its own home.

Intricate beauty finds its own home.

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”—Roman Payne—

I see so many wonderful and intricate things in the moving picture that is my mind. But, then, I walk through a neglected field looking for nothing and find a treasure nestled in the overgrown grass—a treasure that, in other places, would be an unwanted weed, but one that belongs here, where I am merely passing through.

I don’t know if anyone saw it, but I shared a smile with the world.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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