There is a fable about 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 determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The pine was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. The grapevine 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. Yet coming to a violet, the king found its face as bright and happy as ever and said, “Well, violet, I’m glad to ﬁnd one brave little ﬂower in the midst of this discouragement. You don’t seem to be the least disheartened.”The violet responded, “No, I’m not. I know I’m 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.”
One of the greatest causes of unhappiness in life is trying to be like others, or allowing others to determine how we live our lives. People who are living their greatest lives are people who have learned to be content in whatever circumstances they find themselves. They don’t allow the things they lack to affect their gratitude for the ones they have now.
Folks we must all strive to adopt the attitude of the “violet”; to always be positive in the midst of the negative environments we find ourselves; to always love ourselves, despite our flaws. The scripture says, when we seek we shall find. Many of us are always seeking for the negatives, the flaws, the excuses, and we find them in abundance. If we shift our focus and try to seek for the good, the blessings, the gold in us, we shall also find tons of them…so it is possible to be happy every day.
Be determined that no matter what others have achieved, and what talents others may have, you are going to be the best you can be. You are going to do your own part in this world, however small your efforts may seem. When you are feeling down, count your blessings, and like an old song lyrics, “count your blessings…name them one by one, and it will surprise you what God has done” for you. Live your greatest life!