Stories From the Heart: The Rose Meets the Toad

There was once a very beautiful rose that looked wonderful and smelled even better.  The rose felt on top of the world.  It knew that it was the most beautiful rose of the garden.

Nevertheless, it noticed that people saw it at a distance, never up close. The rose realized that next to her, there was always a big dark toad, and that was the reason that nobody got near her, or so she thought! The rose was upset by the discovery, and ordered the toad out of the garden immediately; the very obedient toad said, “Fine with me, if that’s what you want, I will go”.

Some time passed.  The toad happened to be nearby one day and noticed that the rose had withered, it had no leaves and no petals. The toad got close to the rose and said, “I see you are going through some tough times, what happened?” The rose said, “Since you left, the ants have eaten me day by day, little by little, and I will never be the same.”

The toad replied, “No wonder the ants ate you, when I was near you, I was the one who ate those ants, and for that reason you were the most beautiful rose of the garden”.

Life lesson: We might discriminate or despise someone because we think that we amount to more than him or her, that we are prettier, or that the person does not serve us of any use. Every one of us was created with a purpose. Each one of us has something to learn, something to teach, or something to give.

We should not discriminate against anyone, regardless of how they act, how they look, or any disability that him or her may have.  Let us all get along and treat each other with respect!

Author Unknown

* Stories From the Heart is an ongoing series of user contributed heart warming stories, that shine light on the Autism experience.