Best Violets We Can Be

Best VioletsA story is told of a king who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The oak said it was tired of life and was determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The King then went to the pine tree. The pine tree was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. Growing frustrated the King next went to the grapevine. The grapevine told the King that it was determined to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.

And so it went throughout the garden. Everywhere the King would walk, he would find sad plants and trees.

However, coming to a violet flower, the king found its face as bright and happy as ever and said, “Well, Mr. violet, I’m glad to find one brave little flower in the midst of all this discouragement. You don’t seem to be the least disheartened.” The violet responded, “No, I’m not. I know that I am small, yet I thought if you wanted an oak or a pine or a peach tree, or even a lilac, you would have planted one. Since I knew you wanted a violet, I’m determined to be the best little violet I can be.”

How many of us wander through this life disgruntled because we are not some other plant. A better job, a better body, more money, a better house, a better car, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. And so, because we are lacking in these things… we believe that life has dealt us a raw deal.

How about us happily living out our lives being the best violets that we can be!