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What is the Difference Between a Flower or Weed?

I was walking Mav, per our usual routine, and one day I noticed this beautiful yellow flower—at least that’s what I thought it was. I sat and admired it for a moment. There were weeds all around it. When I got home, I told my husband about this flower. He looked at me with “the look” and said—that is not a flower, it’s a weed. Mind you, he has a green thumb and plants most of the garden and flowers for us.

How do you know it’s not a flower? It looked like a flower. It stuck out like a beautiful flower among the weeds. He proceeded to tell me about this type of weed that looks like a flower, blah, blah. I just wanted to enjoy its beauty.

This got me to thinking about weeds and flowers in general and how it can also be a metaphoric context. Both flowers and weeds start with a seed. Both are impacted by water and sunshine. What makes one grow more than others? Why do they bloom differently? It’s kind of like human beings, isn’t it?

I want to share a few of these insights with you.

Who gets to decide if something is a weed or flower? Even weeds can have beauty. Perspective makes all the difference. How we define ourselves matters. How we define others matters.

Even a weed with a little bright beauty stands out in a sea of other weeds. We all have something we can stand out with. All of us.

There are weeds that appear more beautiful to me than some flowers. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Sometimes there are beautiful flowers waiting to emerge, but weeds are getting in the way. It’s ok to weed a little. They have served a purpose. The purpose may be done. Pick and release. As for the toxic and obnoxious weeds—exit door, now.

We all have an opportunity to bloom where we are planted—even weeds. Choose your seeds and soil carefully. If you’re going to bloom, why not bloom into the person you want to be?

I hope these insights have brought a little more JOY to your life. I look forward to watching a few more of these “weeds” grow and develop. We all have the ability to reach our fullest potential. We all have the ability to plant seeds. I look forward to seeing you bloom even more.

Blessings, Peace and JOY—


Blessings, Peace and JOY –