It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 15

Sow seeds of gentleness
and  mercy.
Water daily with kindness
and love.
Cultivate a heart of goodness,
and bloom sweet
fragrance of love.

June 30th - love has a fragrance

I remember a story of a girl who was told by her mother to take flowers to a shut in who lived down the street. She did so and it was a marvelous visit. When she came back her mother said, Smell your hands. She did and she was surprised to discover that the fragrance of the flowers still lingered on her hands. Her wise mother said to her, Kindness always leaves a sweet fragrance.

What a great illustration of how the smallest things can have impactful results. The fact that the flower is small and seemingly insignificant, does not keep it from spreading the fragrance it was created to share. In fact, often the smallest flower can have the most potent fragrance.

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. 

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Sometimes we may feel like a tiny flower. We wonder if we are really capable of doing anything big or important. Insecurities, feelings of unworthiness or life challenges prevent us from seeing how we can impact others. It is not the size of the actions that matter, but the aroma that is created by those actions. Our lingering fragrance should be one of love and kindness, not anger and harshness. Patience and faithfulness, not intolerance and selfishness.

When God created flowers, He intentionally created them to give off a sweet aroma. And He created us just the same.

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.


jack69 said...

Fragrance, a sense we do take for-granted at times for sure. Funny when I see a flower, how my instinct is to get close to enjoy the fragrance. It is automatic from wild flowers to a flower garden.

betty said...

I like that thought that kindness always leaves a sweet fragrance. So true! People often remember fondly actions done out of kindness to them.



What a lovely gift, the flower. "The fact that the flower is small and seemingly insignificant, does not keep it from spreading the fragrance it was created to share." Kindness does indeed, rub off.