Affirmation: A flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it. It just blooms! Today I make a list of all of my abilities, accomplishments and qualities. These are what I will nourish and see them grow strong!

Who isn’t delighted by a gorgeous rose, a beautiful symbol of love, romance, and life itself? It didn’t start out that way though. Nature’s storms pelt the little seed in similar fashion to what we experience in life. However, the turbulent moments in life are where roots grow deep and the seed starts to take the shape of a lovely flower IF, as the gardener, you nourish your seed (life) properly. In spite of the thorns (trials of life), the transformation has brought you from a tightly closed bud to a magnificent bloom.

When shopping for the flowers, you look at the photographs on the seed packages. They do not show you a picture of what the seeds look like in their current state, as dark, tiny, ugly seeds that do not showcase their true beauty and potential. The package shows the magnificent end result. Given the right nutrients and care, it will blossom into a vibrant and delightful creation. Likewise, when you look in the mirror, never see yourself as inferior, unlovely or defective–but as you truly are–a child of God’s magnificence! Allow the seed inside you to grow, and only focus on the lovely picture of what you can become!

Rita Rocker

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