Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Flowers In One Garden...


Quote of the day:-

"Let us use the different gifts alloted to each of us by God's Grace..."

~The Letter of Paul to the Romans 12:6~



Sigh...

Everytime I take a walk and my eye catches some stray flower growing by the side of the road, I have this urge...This urge to reach out and touch the flower...The urge to pluck the flower and take it home with me...It is so difficult to be so near to something so beautiful, and yet, not be able to take it home with you...

But to pluck the flower will be such a sin; If I pluck the flower, than the next person to walk my path won't be able to enjoy the flower too...The next person won't be able to appreciate the beauty of the flower, and revel in the beauty of the Almighty...

In all our lives, we come across many flowers: Some big, some small, some sweet-smelling, some scentless, some stinky, some creeping, some crawling, some standing-tall-upright, some with thorns, some with wax, some with sap, some merely a lone flower...

But each and every flower we come across, is special and unique...

Today, I am going to share with you the flowers in my life...


My Dad: The Sunflower



My dad is the silent one in the house...He takes quite a while to warm up to people, but when he meets a person he clicks with, he can be quite a chatty person...I guess I see my dad in the sunflower because like the sunflower, he is strong, but gentle...We call him the Peace-Loving Pacifist, because he doesn't seem to ever lose his temper in public, and whatever happens, will continue to smile...Kinda like the sunflower that lives for radiance, warmth and fortitude...


My Mum: The Red Rose



I have always loved the rose...Legend has it that the name of the rose came from the God of Love, Eros, whose name when rearranged, spells Rose...The rose is perhaps the most exquisite and stately of all flowers...That's why I see my mother in the rose: Unique, beautiful, different and very special...


My Brother: The Cattleya (Orchid)



My brother is very much like the Cattleya...He's big in size and very stern in outlook, and very silent too, but he's got a gentle heart...Looks can be deceiving, because the heart of a mighty Lion may be as soft as a Dove's...Nick is kinda like that...He is formidable, but he's got a soft heart...I think his future wife can easily bully him =)


Me: The Daphne



Me...The Daphne...My favourite colour is purple, and I find this flower shown above to be just like me...I'm essentially an introvert, and many facets of me remain a mystery to most people, unless they really get to know me...But if I am comfortable with you, I really do open up...



My Late Grandpa: The Morning Glory



My dear Ah Kong...He has been the sweetest and kindest old man I will ever know...Just like the sweet and gentle morning glory, Ah Kong stood tall and was the force in the family for years...He was the one we all ran to when we needed help, advice or just a friendly shoulder to lean cry on...Like the creeper that holds on to things, Ah Kong was our pillar and our unifying point...May you eternally Rest in Peace, Ah Kong dear...


Chee Keong: The White Rose




Darling Chee Keong...The White Rose symbolises beauty, innocence, purity and a resilient spirit...And my darling Chee Keong is the epitome of just that, and many more...They say special children are special because they are God's Chosen Ones...They may be physically and mentally handicapped, but their gentle and pure souls are the essence of what we can only dream of...It is perhaps the most exquisite thing ever, and indeed, the closest we can ever get to being in the presence of God on this Earth...


My Best Friend, Yean Mei: The Rose among the Ordinary



Yean Mei and I have gone through think and thin, and we share many special things in our life...together...She is like the silent rose that stands resolutely among the many ordinary and fleeting...She doesn't say much, but her presence is always felt...

Despite our very obvious differences, tastes, lifestyle and interest, inherently, the both of us are also very similar...So similar in fact that her father says we're like two peas in a pot...Maybe that's why we remain best friends after so long: We appreciate each other's beauty and differences, and yet, we build on our similarities and strengths, and make way to bridge our differences...

But perhaps the greatest thing we both share is: Chee Keong...he brought two close friends even closer together...


My Other Best Friend: Ae Mi



Dear Ae Mi...She's just like the Bunga Raya, bright but fragile...Ae Mi's rambunctious, gregarious, loud, frequently obnoxious and horny ; ), but deep down, she's as fragile as a newborn, premature baby...She's into drama, pomp and circumstance, but we both also enjoy our quite times together, doing nothing but sipping a cup of Ipoh White Coffee, and just enjoying each other's company...


People I Meet: The Wildflowers



I will meet many other flowers in this journey called life, and along with these beautiful flowers, I will also meet many weeds, thorns, dying plants and barren land...But just because these are things that make me feel bad, I must remember that ultimately, these weeds, thorns, dying plants and barren land are essential to make the beautiful Wildflowers more beautiful and lasting...

And if I happen to meet birds, and butterflies, and crickets and earthworms along the way, why not?

I guess it is something we all need to remember...Who said Wildflowers are not beautiful after all? Who knows? They might be the most beautiful yet...


And this is US, together



Deep down, we're all akin to flowers in one garden...We're all different and special in our own ways, just like no two flowers are alike, but we all belong to the same race: The Human Race...

And it is because of every one of us that the world is such a beautiful place...

13 comments:

aemi said...

Nai.. your late grandpa was indeed very kind and very sweet..

Remember I came to visit before driving off for tuition after he passed away?

It was a very pleasant drive.. like he was with me.. I don't remember if I told you about it..

Heheh.. if THE Daphne is a flower.. it'd be a very pretty one.. although occasionally naggy and probably meowy..

I miss our toothbrush jokes.. and our 24 hours talking marathons.. and painting pots black.. hehe.. sigh.. if only we didn't need to grow up so quickly..

jimi said...

Daphne, terima kasih sekali lagi atas entri yang indah ini. Selalu "amazed" dengan setiap entry of yours. Thank you.

jimi said...

and thank you for making my blog as your fav five! hmm such an honor

J.T. said...

Daphne, such a lovely and touching depiction of all the special people in your life.
Thank you for bringing the beauty of the world into your blog.

FireHorse said...

Hopped over from Kak Teh's blog. This post is truly beautiful, I like the way you equate each flower to each person in your life, truly a nice sentiment, should share this with your mom and dad, I am sure they will be very touched that their daughter had dedicated something so beautiful to them.

Hammerhead said...

Excellent blog. Looks like the Chelsea Flower show!

FIR said...

A nice way to look at us... the human race :-)

Nadia Lee-Smith said...

Hopped from j.t's blog.
That was simply beautiful. I think I am not exxagerating when I say that is one of the most beautiful, lovely and profound blog posts I've ever read.
j.t put it best when she said: "Thank you for bringing the beauty of the world into your blog".
Truly inspirational.

Kak Teh said...

daphne, what can I say that has not been said by others? simply beautiful!

Raden Galoh said...

Daphne, yup got to agree with Kak Teh... it's beautiful... I wonder what kind of flower am I?

Gnuy said...

I came from Pi Bani's blog. She is right, you should have written about your own blog too.
You know Daphne, that was simply beautiful. So beautiful I don't really know what to say.
I would be over the moon if my daughter ever dedicates something like that to me.

Daphne Ling said...

Firehorse, Hammerhead, Fir, Kak Teh, Nadia and Gnuy: Thanks for this maiden visit! And for the kind words too...=)

Margo said...

I think you have a lovely blog. Please go on writing! Margo