The Rose

rose imageWhen we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as rootless or stemless.

We treat it as a seed giving it water and nourishment required of a seed.

When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear.

We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of development.

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies.

Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each stage, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.


Timothy Gallaway - The Inner Game of Tennis