Not Everything

Today I enjoyed a lovely little flair moment while admiring my blooming orchid. What astonishing beauty! But then I leaned in to smell the bloom.

Such disappointment! My variety of orchid does not smell very fragrant at all. But this is intended; I learn that some orchids attract pollinators in other ways: through mimicking pheromones, through dripping sweet nectar, and through displaying gorgeous color. Humans might not smell what insects can smell.

Oh, but how I wanted that bright pink and purple orchid to smell sticky-sweet and full of springtime as the winter snow and ice fell around my house today! But then I realized that she can’t be everything. She’s beautiful but not fragrant. Some flowers are fragrant but not beautiful. I let them be as they are and accept the thing they offer.

Even nature teaches us that one need not be everything. 

I did think of what we offer in any situation. We don’t have to be everything. We can be just one thing, and that’s wonderful, beautiful, and intended for us.

Share the Post: