Comparison

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For a Cub Scout project, Peter planted these radish plants. A couple weeks later, he brought them back to scouts and everyone was amazed at how big they were, commenting on how there’s were still tiny. Everyone got to pick a different plant to pick, and Peter’s radishes stole the show. He was praised for his efforts.

That’s great, but I know plants. Radishes are fast. They germinate in a couple days and only take a couple of months to reach full maturity. Peter didn’t do anything better than anyone else: he just planted radishes, and that’s how radishes work. The other scouts didn’t do anything wrong. Their plants just take longer to grow.

It was a good reminder to me about not comparing to other people. We are all different: and sometimes that means someone is fast and sprouts up very quickly. It looks like they are doing something better than us. But in all reality, that’s probably not the case, and we aren’t doing anything wrong. We just have a different way of doing things, a different growth rate. Nothing is wrong with being slow or fast. Plants are different, and so are we.

2 thoughts on “Comparison

  1. Heather Hoyt says:

    I really like this. Gardening always includes failures at some point. And life does too. And that doesn’t mean we do anything wrong. It’s just sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t. And it may not have anything to do with your efforts.

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