Often, things in life aren’t what they seem.
There’s a plant in my rambling garden that, sadly, I admit I’ve looked at a bit disdainfully on more than one occasion. Its foliage is patchy, trunk flaky, and it doesn’t even have a good shape. I thought it looked unsightly and wondered what it was. Nevertheless, I watered it and cared for it.
Today I found out. It’s a hibiscus with a beautiful red bloom. As soon as I saw the bloom, my feelings towards the plant changed. It wasn’t so ugly after all. Immediately I began to like it.
Yet, hibiscus flowers only last for a day. I wonder if I’ll still feel so positively about the plant tomorrow. At least it’s served as good reminder to search beyond the surface to find the inner beauty in things. You never know what’s on the inside.