2.21.2008

Blooming

"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." [Marianne Williamson]

I'm a big fan of the tulip. If I were a flower, I think I'd be a tulip. What struck me today is that in life, we are all very unique, yet we have everything in common. We are all different flowers. As I survey my friends and family, I see what a beautiful garden I have been planted in. I see elegant roses, tall, aristocratic sunflowers, cute little daffodils and lovely orchids. The differences are striking, but the resemblances and things we share are lovely. And we are all growing together.

I am grateful for the diverse garden my friends make up, the smaller bouquet that has become my family, and the beauty I see in all.

I'm glad you are growing in my flower garden!
[photo via flickr]

15 comments:

Mel said...

Tulips are lovely! I love flowers! I'll be the daisy in your garden. :)

Tiburon said...

Love this! I would like to be the gerbera daisy - that is my favorite flower :)

hoLLy said...

my favorites are tulips and gerber daisies. i don't know what flower i'm most like though....hmmm...something with spots(for my freckles:) these freckles i despise!

i'm grateful to have you in my garden too!

Mia said...

Thanks Jan! I needed to be a flower today... I love tulips, so you can be the tulips in my garden any day.

100 Percent Cottam said...

cute, mama! great quote & great thoughts.

Kristi said...

I love the quote & thoughts...and the tulips. :) And I love what makes everyone different! That is the beauty of it :) You are one inspired woman.

Natalie Scott said...

How eloquent are you?! This is beautiful, and such a wonderful comparison. We truly ARE all different and unique, yet the same. I've always really loved sunflowers...maybe I'll be the sunflower in your garden, and you can be the gorgeous tulip in mine :)

Love you Jan!

Emily J. said...

That was a lovely quote. I love tulips. But I think I would have to be the Iris in your garden!

Melissa said...

How sweet...and how I would love to look out my window right now and see those flowers in real life!

Chris and Tara Mason said...

Chris would like to know which flower he would be. I suggested an Iris because he is so tall - he didn't seem too pleased. I guess it wasn't manly enough!

Darleen said...

I'm glad I'm growing in your garden too! This post has brightened up my snowy day. I would like to be a hydrenga or maybe a gardenia.

Holly O. said...

You really are TOO cute for words.

Jane said...

i love gerber daisies and the smell of lilacs. can i be two?

Home Sweet Home with the Englehart's... said...

Jane, You are awe inspiring...I love the surprise in your blogging and leave happier for it!

Home Sweet Home with the Englehart's... said...

Jane, You are awe inspiring...I love the surprise in your blogging and leave happier for it!