Standing firm—regardless of outward conditions

Each spring, my garden is home to dozens of daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, hyacinths, and bluebells. But this year, spring was very late in arriving. And yet that didn't stop the flowers from displaying their brightly colored blossoms, even amid snow flurries and ground frost. They waved bravely through wind and densest fog, dazzling and delighting us with their vibrant hues and graceful lines.

There is a lesson for us in the constancy of those flowers. They showed that the surrounding material conditions did not alter the actual individuality and perfection of the original idea. The same is true for us when outward conditions don't seem very promising.

June 16, 1997

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