Character is not only doing the right thing when no one is looking, it’s doing the right thing when everyone is looking. It’s being willing to do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.
After three days of early May snow, we craved the taste of spring and went in search of the unrivalled spring queen flower—the crocus. We almost trampled on the tiny white dots on the ground …. and as we looked more closely we noticed the white polka dots on the ground that normally we would have walked upon …. as well as fluorescent green circles of softness. New life, new growth, the beauty of nature.
I continue to be amazed at the abundance of beauty in unadvertised spots. Flowers that arrive before the grass turns green, flowers that arise when the flood waters recede, flowers that bloom in the desert, flowers found in remote mountain spots … smiley faces that welcome and cheer us on. Encouragement for living off the beaten track. Although I love nothing better than to explore carefully designed and well maintained formal gardens there is something exquisite in the unkempt beauty of wild flowers.
I was reminded of the lines I had recently read from the book Hinds Feet on High Places, an allegorical story by Hannah Hurnard—
All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about or can only dimly guess at. Every inner response of the human heart to Love and every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of Love.