White Flower in the Coal Mine
“I do not think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ Anne Frank
Hi Call, a magazine, published a story about a white flower growing in a coal-mining area. All the miners that worked and all the plants grew there were practically covered with the black coal dust. But there was a small plant which had pure, spotless, white petals. One visitor to the mine was amazed by the flower. He took a pinch of coal dust and threw it on the flower. Lo, and behold, the coal dust just rolled off the petals and the flower remained spotless! The visitor was curious about the purity of the flower. He touched the petals of the flower and found its secret! It had a certain kind of natural enamel on the petals. The enamel made the petals slick which allowed the dust fall off.
What a marvelous archetype in nature to help remind us how we should be when life throws the “dirty, grimy, gritty dust” on us. So many people become covered in the negative issues of life that their beautiful hearts become blackened.
We are all going to have bad moments and days in our life. That is a guarantee. We cannot allow these moments to invade our attitudes and spirits for days, months or even years. When I have a bad moment in my day, I remind myself that it could be a whole lot worse. Life is about perspective. Here is an example of how to see the beauty in your life and let the “black dust” of life fall of your petals.
The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.5 years. That means you will live for 28,652 days. Pretend you have 365 bad days in your life. This leaves a balance of 28,287 good days. WOW! You will have more good days than bad days in your life. So do not let life’s “black dust” stain your heart or mind. Let it roll off like the white flower petals in the coal mine.