Sometimes there are just too many things to focus our attention on. We became easily distracted. Instead of looking at the prize-winning roses in the International Rose Test Garden, our attention was drawn to all the lovely people there doing what people love to do.
Portland, Oregon is known as the City of Roses. Roses are taken seriously in this city, so we thought that we should turn our attention to them. We made our way over to the garden’s central kiosk and discovered a list of prizewinners. We studied the map to find their locations.
We ricocheted around the garden to track down each and every winner. As we stood staring at one, we heard another visitor tell her friend exactly what we were thinking, “It’s not the most attractive flower, is it?”
Of course, the judges studied the roses over 5 years and took into account a long number of qualities, like length of bloom and pest resistance. So, maybe they had better reasons when they made their awards, looking beyond mere appearance and scent. That got us thinking about these prize-winning roses like so many other things in life: good qualities often take time to see – as well as expertise, while so many of us rush to judgment with no knowledge and only superficial opinions.
Enough said. Enjoy the roses.