This is one of the common plant, mimosa pudica or sensitive plant, we see it very often in our country.
It’s very unique, once you touch it, the leaves will close up.
When I was in Hong Kong, I overheard a conversation between a mother and a son.
The mom shared with the son, : “Boy, try to touch the leaves, see what happen?”
The boy was too excited when he saw the leaves closed up after his touching.
To him, this is “NEW” and to his mother, She said: “Boy, this is too common in my childhood time, however it’s hard to see this plant now.”
I felt sad, as overdevelopment will bring extinction not only to plants and also animals.
Is it what we want in our life and what we are going to leave behind for our next generation?
It’s too painful to be a reality! Think about it!
Another lesson I learned from this conversation, be mindfulness even to small little thing in our life.
Don’t miss it, it might be the last chance we see it.
It might be the best moment of our life!
Appreciate and treasure every moment of life, don’t neglect the most “common” thing!
Besides, there are so many names for the mimosa pudica, some might call it:
a. sensitive plant
b. humble plant
c. shameful plant
d. touch me not
e. Sleeping grass
This is similar to our life, we’ve many names and many roles, e.g.daughter, sister, employee, employer, grand children, mother, father, brother, volunteer,…..
However, no matter what names people are calling you, the most important to maintain your kind virtues, good attitude and also good heart.
Do not be “arrogant” with your roles!
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
By Dalai Lama