Seven months back, my father decided to plant some rose bushes around our house. We got some from our uncle’s garden and got to work. The best and most fertile spots were the first to be blessed with the rose plants. After our planting spree, we still had one plant left. “Let’s just plant it at this corner of the house..simply…its not going to grow because the soil there is not good( it was more rubble from the on going house construction than soil actually) and it wont get much of sunlight or rain water. But I simply feel like planting it here”, daddy said as he dug the hole. Meanwhile me and my brother, with skilled precision, planted and watered.
We as a family were separated by our work and studies. Our house and the plants were left to take care of themselves. Months passed. Our lives had been eventful in the time that elapsed. Dad was recovering from a second stroke. Mom had voluntarily retired from her job. My brother had started college. I had found my first job and then had resigned to prepare for exams. Life was indeed eventful.
As we got out of the car, the first thing all of us noticed was the well grown rose plant in front of the house. It was that very rose we had planted without hope. The ironic part was that it was the only one that had a bud on it! We were excited. Well, it’s not a big deal really…its not like we have not seen roses..but its a different feeling when it grows in your garden. We would look at the bud in hope daily to see if it had blossomed. “Let it take its time to blossom..we must be patient”,mamma warned us. And finally when it did bloom, we were all smiling like little children.
Nature sure is a great teacher. The plant that we had half-heartedly planted had blossomed too. I guess it is a reminder not to give up on some people. Plus the timing of that rose plant was simply perfect. Other plants had flowered, but none of us were there to enjoy its’ beauty. Similarly, we become a blessing to others when we become productive in a manner that is truly beneficial to others. Its not just about doing your job, but doing it in a way that people will be blessed by your presence and work. Let us strive to do that, no matter how much time or effort is needed.