Two varieties of daisies grace the flowerpots on our deck. One plant puts up buds on tall stems. When they open they make a lovely show well above the greenery, smiling in the sunshine. Unfortunately we haven’t had much sunshine lately, except for the liquid kind, and yesterday I noticed how the sodden flowers sagged, their dejected faces drooping under the weight of rain.
Blooms in the other pot, however, still have their cheery wet faces lifted despite the moisture. The difference? Their stems are shorter, so rather than being on their own, they’re able to gain support from the greenery that surrounds them.
We might learn a little something from these daisies – that when faced with difficulties, those who are stubbornly independent and keep to themselves, may find it difficult to hold up. Rejection or failure to reach a particular goal can push them to defeat.
Those who have a network of support, on the other hand, receive the encouragement they need to remain strong and keep looking upwards.
Who knew daisies would have life lessons to share with us?
Are you the stoic, independent sort, or do you prefer to be immersed in a network of supportive friends?
“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps, but if there’s no one to help, tough!”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 [Msg]
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