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The Tale of the Little Flower

A Lesson in Resilience and Acceptance

By Zunaira KhalilPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
The Tale of the Little Flower
Photo by Tuân Nguyễn Minh on Unsplash

Once upon a time, nestled within a magical forest brimming with life and wonder, there existed a tiny tulip named Little Flower. Despite her diminutive size, Little Flower possessed a heart full of dreams and a spirit brimming with determination. Yet, there was one desire that consumed her above all else – the longing to grow taller.

Each day, as the sun cast its warm rays upon the forest floor, Little Flower would stretch and strain, her delicate stem reaching towards the sky in a valiant effort to break free from the confining embrace of the earth. She yearned to stand tall among her fellow flora, to bask in the glory of the sun's golden light, and to sway gently in the breeze like the majestic trees that surrounded her.

However, despite her best efforts, Little Flower remained rooted in place, her slender stem unable to penetrate the dense soil that held her fast. The wise old coastal redwood, who stood sentinel over the glen, observed Little Flower's struggles with a mixture of concern and understanding. "Patience, my dear," she would murmur gently, her voice a soothing melody amidst the rustling leaves. "All things come in their own time."

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But Little Flower, consumed by her desire to grow, paid little heed to the redwood's words of wisdom. Driven by a fierce determination to overcome her perceived limitations, she continued to push and strain against the unyielding earth, her efforts fueled by a potent mix of frustration and longing.

Meanwhile, in a sunlit clearing nearby, a beautiful white rose named Rosalind luxuriated in her own reflection, admiring her delicate petals and graceful form in a gilded mirror adorned with silver and diamonds. Confident in her rare beauty, Rosalind eagerly awaited the arrival of the humans, certain that she would be chosen above all others.

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Yet, as the wise Raven perched high above in the twisted branches of an ancient oak, he cautioned Rosalind to temper her pride with caution. "Beauty is fleeting, my dear," he warned, his voice a solemn echo in the dappled sunlight. "It is not always as it seems."

Sure enough, when the humans arrived and selected Rosalind from among the myriad blooms, she felt a surge of pride and excitement coursing through her delicate petals. But her joy was short-lived, for as the sharp blade of the pruning shears descended upon her stem, she was filled with a searing pain that pierced her to the core.

Trembling and alone, Rosalind was carried away from the safety of the forest, destined to wither and fade in a lonely vase, her once-vibrant beauty slowly wilting away with each passing day. As Little Flower watched in horror, a bee from his hive nearby offered a grim prophecy of Rosalind's fate – to be admired for a time, only to be discarded once her petals began to wilt and fade.

But amidst the turmoil and despair, the wise Raven remained a steadfast beacon of hope and guidance for Little Flower, enfolding her in his velvety wings and whispering words of comfort and reassurance. "You are perfect just as you are, my dear," he murmured, his voice a gentle caress against the evening breeze. "Tall or short, beauty is but a fleeting illusion. True strength lies within."

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And so, Little Flower learned an important lesson – that true beauty is not defined by outward appearances or lofty aspirations, but by the strength and resilience that lies within each and every one of us. Embracing her true self and finding solace in the love and companionship of her friends in the forest, Little Flower bloomed anew with each passing season, her spirit shining bright amidst the verdant tapestry of life.

In the end, it was not height or beauty that mattered most, but the courage to embrace one's true self and the wisdom to appreciate the beauty that exists all around us, even in the smallest of flowers. And as Little Flower stood tall amidst the towering trees of the forest, her petals aglow with the warmth of the sun, she knew that she was exactly where she was meant to be – rooted firmly in the soil of her own resilience and acceptance.

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Zunaira Khalil


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Comments (8)

  • Abu Baker Sahib2 months ago

    i love flowers

  • K-Aegin2 months ago


  • Aaden2 months ago

    lily is so ordinary girl

  • Sarkaan Bolad2 months ago

    well and good

  • Its Zuzee2 months ago

    the story invoked strong personal emotion

  • Chand Chandi2 months ago

    i read its too good //well

  • abdulRahim2 months ago

    Tall or short, beauty is but a fleeting illusion. True strength lies within." well written

  • A H 2 months ago

    I read your story its very well....

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