Flower Power

A friend of mine who grows orchids took me to his greenhouse and showed me what looked like tens of thousands of orchids. He explained, "I enter them in competitions and I win prizes." When I asked which ones would be the prizewinners, he said, "I don't know. They're all seedlings right now. If I took this one," he picked up a beauty, "and nurtured it because this is the prettiest one now, it doesn't guarantee it will be the prettiest one later. The ugliest one now, which I might be tempted to throw in the trash, could turn out to be the greatest winner of all." So you see? You can't know in the fragile early stages what might become of our seedlings of ideas. And judgment too early can prune the best ones.

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