An excerpt from To Kryss with Love– a collection of short stories written for my daughter.
A friend told me of a dream she had in which she visited the home of a prominent woman, one day. In this woman’s yard stood a beautiful, well-groomed mango tree laden with fruit.
Eager to get her hands on a juicy mango, my friend approached the tree, only to find that it was bearing cabbages- huge, misshapen, ill-placed cabbages!
Oh, how terribly disappointing! She thought. “Why is this beautiful plant flourishing with the wrong fruit?”
I’ve asked myself that very question so many times as I’ve watched you grow. Your outer beauty seems only to belie the expressions of your heart.
Sometimes when we find ourselves as the lonesome mango in the cabbage patch, we find it hard to stand alone and be ourselves.
In an effort to fit in with everyone else around, we begin to take on a nature not our own. We begin to lose sight of who we really are and become confused.
We may think that the problem is the cabbage patch; that we would better thrive in the forest among the trees; that it is by association we become who we’re really meant to be.
But the answer is not in our planting but in our genes. Our true nature is written in our Being. Therefore, no matter where we’re planted or with whom we grow, the true expression of ourselves can only come from within.
So take some time, my dear, to stand aloof. Examine the aura you exude. Understand the markings of your heart that define for you, your destiny.
Then, be prepared to be unique. If you’re the only lark among the hawks, then sing like a lark without a care. And if you’re the only flower of fragrance rare, then smell like no other fragrance can compare.
And when you find yourself lonely where none seems a lot like you, still be true to yourself. For it is only in bringing forth your own originals, that you fulfill purpose. It is only in depicting expressions of the heart that you say who you are and command respect.
It is only in searching the recesses of your soul that you discover Self and gain the power to impact the world around you with a beauty all your own.
Only in this you’ll find fulfillment. Only then, will you be truly blessed. It is only when you can look inside and find worth in who you are; when you’re content with whom you’re created to be and determined to flaunt no other meaning than what your code entails, that you find happiness. And prosperity! And wealth! And peace!