A Parable On Acceptance

A gardener was trying to rid his garden of dandelions, but no matter how hard he tried the plant kept coming back.

Having exhausting every weed extraction method known to horticulture, he decided to set out on a journey to ask a revered master what to do.

After days of travel, he finally found the master and explained his plight.

The wise master went over the numerous ways the gardener could extract the bothersome weed from his garden, but the gardener countered he had already tried them all.

They sat together in silence for a long time and then the master said, “Well, you are just going to have to learn to love dandelions.”


The above-and loosely translated-parable is attributed to the Sufi tradition.