When we plant a rose seed in the earth,
We notice that it is small,
but we do not criticize it as 'rootless and stemless'.
We treat it as a seed,
Giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.
When it first shoots up out of the earth,
We do not condemn it as immature and underdeveloped;
Nor do we criticize the buds
For not being open when they appear.
We stand in wonder at the process taking place
and give the plant the care it needs
At each stage of development
The rose is a rose...
From the time it is a seed
To the time it blooms
At all times,
It contains its whole potential.
It seems to be constantly in the process of change;
Yet at each stage,
At each moment,
It is perfectly all right as it is.