It was a hot summer day and with little rain having fallen lately, I went outside to get the hose. I was just about to turn on the water and then I saw it. There it was, in the middle of my garden, a spectacular sight, something I had never seen before.

Imagine this image - two rose blooms – one pure yellow, the other pink with just a hint of a yellow hue on its petals. They are each growing on their own individual sprigs which are connected in a V shape to the same stronger branch that is rooted firmly in the ground. One bush with two very different coloured roses having come from the same source!

I was so taken back…How could this have happened? As an avid gardener, I knew this was in fact the second round of blooming on this particular bush, and I had never seen a yellow rose on it before! I felt myself very humbled by this experience and many thoughts ran through my mind.

Their parent in the sky feeds them with the rain and nurtures them with the warmth and light of the sun, each blossom receiving the same nourishment as they each gracefully grow and open fully into the beautiful flowers they were destined to be – side by side, dawning different colours, yet each emanating their own spectacular beauty.

This was truly one of nature’s miracles and I stood in awe, observing these rose’s unique beauty, loving them both the same. I didn’t have a preference or dislike for either yellow or pink. I sensed that the roses could feel the energy of this love and appreciation and were grateful for being admired and adored equally, even though their appearances differed.

This brought back memories when, as a parent, I may not have appreciated the individuality of my children, unconsciously comparing them or feeling disappointed in one more than the other.

Each bloom that sprouts miraculously on our family rose bushes may be different in their characteristics, even though they come from the same garden and I believe that they, like nature’s roses, can also feel the energy of unconditional love.

I am grateful for the reminder that my garden offered me that day, to be aware and conscious that although I have two children…I have one love.

Author's Bio: 

A reaction, a look or a phrase, and we catch ourselves, “I’ve turned into my mom/dad!” Jo-Anne Cutler is no exception. Once she became aware of this and the impact her words and reactions had on her kids, she made a conscious choice to change. Jo-Anne knew that if she could do it, anyone could! She now builds awareness for others as an author, speaker and coach, offering phone sessions, audio programs as well as a monthly newsletter inspiring others on how to keep all the great things we’ve learned from our parents while breaking the cycle of the not so good habits. For more information or to contact Jo-Anne directly, please visit