Lessons of the Tulip

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Lessons of the Tulip

Tulips are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. After a long winter, while snow is still on the ground and temperatures are filled with chill, they dare to burst forth.
            Do I need to take chances and not wait for everything to be, in my estimation, perfect before I act or respond to God’s actions in my life?

Tulips are simple. They are made up of a stem, a couple of leaves and a flower with a few petals.
            Can I simplify my life? Are there things – possessions, attitudes, fears, assumptions – of which I need to let go?

Tulips are varied. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and designs.
            Do I need to be more open to the spice of life? Can I find ways to get out of my comfort zone and experience the gift that is found in the diversity of life?

Tulips stand tall. They do not curve or bend. They rise straight and proud.
            Are there times in my life when I shrink from taking responsibility? Do I need to find the courage to stand up for what I believe? Can I do a better job of sharing my gifts and talents?

Tulips have little protection. They have no thorns. They are slender and singular.
            Do I deny my utter dependence on God and build up facades of self-protection? Can I let down my defenses and give myself to God?



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–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict