My friend went afar to work, so he asked me to take care of the courtyard in the mountains. The place adjacent to the wall in the courtyard was built with a fence to plant green vegetables. Every morning or evening, I would take a chair to sit in the courtyard sipping tea or reading. I felt it so charming.
My friend was an assiduous man, So he often kept the courtyard clean and tidy without any weed. And I was so lazy, apart from occasionally sweeping some fallen leaves in the courtyard, that I never plucked grass shoots breaking through the earth, letting them grow secretly. In the early spring, by the stone bench on the left side of the courtyard, sprouted several clusters of green buds, whose leaves were tender and flimsy. Over 20 days later, when their leaves unfurled richly, I discovered they were like wild orchids in the woods beyond the courtyard–if they were really the lingering wild orchids, it would be poetic with the quiet orchids wafting their fragrance gently.
In the late summer, the grass really bloomed. The little five-petal flowers steamed wisps of delicate fragrance. They shaped like those forest orchids, but they were wax yellow, unlike those forest wild orchids, whose flowers were purple or brown red. I picked one flower and some blades of grass, then came down the mountains to find a friend who botanized. On seeing them, my friend immediately asked me where I picked them. After that, he congratulated on me, “You get rich!” I looked at my friend in puzzlement. He excitedly explained, “This is a strain of rare orchid, for many people are hard to find it even in their lifetime. At the city flower market,this strain of orchid is worth at least 10,000 dollars each.”
I called to tell the good new to the friend who had gone to work in the south. At this, my friend waited for a while. Then, he said gently, in fact, the orchid broke through the earth each year, but he thought it was an ordinary weed, so he often uprooted it each spring it just sprouted. My friend couldn’t help sighing, “I have almost destroyed a kind of rare flower; if I could wait for it to blossom with patience, it would have been discovered a few years before.”
Yes, who will never miss some rare orchids in their own lives? We always pluck those wild weeds that haven’t yet bloomed in time and don’t give them the time to flower and bear fruit to prove their value.
Give each grass the time to flower and give everyone a chance to prove his or her value. Don’t blindly pull out a blade of grass or negate a person curtly and how many “rare orchids” we will get in our lives!
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