Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Tiny Seeds of Love


--by wayfarer, posted Nov 8, 2008

If seeds could think the one that fell into the builder's yard must have thought itself really unlucky! It had drifted down through chain link fencing, perhaps rolling off angle iron struts. Eventually it landed on the rubble and rubbish strewn soil - under two discarded metal gates, each of which would have needed two strong men to put them there.

What chance did it have? What could grow under all that iron and debris? It should have given up.

Instead it tried. It grew. A little shoot not big enough to move any of the rubbish around it, so it grew around it. But surely those great heavy gates would stop its efforts coming to anything.

So it grew some more. It found spaces, grew through them, grew around them, and joined up on the other side of them. It kept going.

Now there's a twelve foot tree in that space. Metal struts are trapped inside it's trunk and wires run through its branches but now it's the gates that are stuck. They've been lifted off the ground but they can't be moved other than by the tree.

The builders' yard is next to the local railway station and every time I catch a train from that platform I lean over the wall and gaze in awe.

The gates can only be seen now because it's winter, but in the summer the branches of the tree fill their little corner of the yard and all you can see is swaying greenery.

That's what love can do. It doesn't stop because the soil seems barren or because the obstacles seem too great. It grows in the most inhospitable places. It doesn't give up and eventually the people that said it would never happen are enveloped by it and are part of it.

And eventually you can't see the problems, because they're covered over by the love that should have given up - but didn't!

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Readers Comments

brighteyes wrote: Ah, wonderful story from our raok poet, wayfarer!


Keep 'um coming!

Brighteyes ;)
cinnamonhead wrote: Thanks for sharing a nice way to look at it!
lovebug wrote: I have jet lag and no i am running on auto pilot, i have formed this habit of logging onto this web site with out thinking about it. Click i was in and reading a beautiful story, when i looked up to see who wrote it, i was not surprised to find our resident philosopher
aurelia wrote: Love, love, love. I enjoyed this lovely story once more. :0)
~aurelia
Modestobob wrote: Great story. I like to think it's persistence that won out in the end instead wayfarer. Hard work and a mission to succeed can overcome almost anything. Thank you for the insights today. :) modestobob
dancingDog wrote: Yes, it is amazing isn't it? I once saw a lone daffodil blooming in an asphalt-covered parking lot - it had forced it's way through a crack - love overcomes all :=D
sabrina wrote: Love does wonders.thx for sharing the story.cheers
butterfly wrote: you are so wise and loving. what a beautiful story, with such hope. thank you for sharing this amazing messege. love and light , butterfly xx
dandytash wrote: Wow.. i was really happy to read this. i love it! thanks soo much for sharing this.
much love.
Tigerlily wrote: Beautiful Wayfarer. Brings me to tears. AGain. Thank you.

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