A father saw that his 11-year-old son was crying silently. He asked him.
"What's the matter, son?"
The young boy replied.
"My rich classmates mocked and called me the son of a gardener. They said that my father lives only on the money he earns from watering and feeding plants for people"
The father paused for a moment, then said.
"Come with me son, let's plant some flowers. It might cheer you up"
He held his hand and walked him to the garden, then he took out some flower seeds and said.
"Let's carry out an experiment. We will plant two flowers separately. I will care for one, and you will care for the other. I will water mine with clean water from the lake but you will water yours with dirty water from the pond. We shall see the outcome in the weeks to come"
The son was delighted as he joined his father in planting the flowers. It took them some days to finally germinate the flower seeds. They cared for them respectively and watched them grow.
Later on, the father brought his son to the garden and said to him.
"Look at the two flowers and tell me your observation"
The boy responded.
"My flower looks better and healthier than yours. How is that even possible when your water is cleaner?"
The father smiled, then said.
"That's because dirty water doesn't stop a plant from growing, rather it serves as organic fertilizer to help it flourish. You see son, there are some people who put you down in life, mock your dreams, and throw dirt on you. Always remember that there's nothing wrong with you, it is their ego they have to satisfy.
So, don't let the harsh words from people affect you, instead, let them encourage you to be a better person. And by doing so, you will be like the plant and will flourish even in the midst of dirt like negativity and harsh words."
- Credit to Unknown
I love this little story, there is so much emotion in it. Not only that, but it highlights how important the support we give each other is, especially that from parent to child.
Telling our children how precious they are is a joy, but also telling them when their behaviour is not appropriate is also important too. It really does go to show that we are all designed for a purpose and each one is individual and valuable in their own right.