Growing Flowers in Your Heart

An aged man lived in a nice cottage with a large garden in a town in England. He is seen busy looking after his flowers all the time.
One day, a young painter went by this garden. He was deeply attracted by the beautiful flowers, imaging how happy he could be if he lived there. Then, suddenly he found the old gardener was blind.
The painter was very surprised to ask, “why are you busy tending these flowers which you can’t see? “
The blind gardener smiled, answering, “I can tell you four reasons. First, I was a gardener when I was young, and I really like this job. Second, although I can’t see these flowers, yet I can touch them. Third, I can smell the sweetness of them. As to the last one, that’s you. “
“Me? But you don’t know me. ” responded the painter.
“Yeah, it’s true that I don’t know you. But I know flowers are earthly angles which everyone knows and would never turn them down. I know many people who show enthusiasm in life would stop by and the beauty of my garden will get them into a good mood. In the meantime, it also extends a chance to me to have a word with you here and to enjoy the happiness these flowers have brought us. “
I believe every flower has eyes with which they can see the kindness of the old man’s heart and the sweetness of his soul. He grows flowers in his heart. I supposed although failing the sight of the beauty of blossoming, he surely can hear the voice of it.

一个老人住在英国的一个小镇上,他的房子有一个花园,他总是被看见一直在忙着照顾着这个花园。
一天,一个年轻的画家路过那个花园,他被这个花园深深的吸引了,他想,如果可以一直住在那里该是多么美好的事情啊。然后他突然发现老园丁居然是个失明的人。
他惊讶的问老园丁,他为什么要照顾这些他根本就看不见的花呢?
老园丁笑着回答他:“我有四个原因。第一是我从年轻的时候就是一个园丁,我非常喜欢这个工作;第二,虽然我看不见它们,但是我可以触摸到它们;第三,我可以闻到它们的香味;最后一个原因是因为你。”
“我?可是你并不认识我呀。”画家回答说。
“是的,我当然不认识你,但我知道花是人间仙子,所有人都认识花,都不会拒绝它们。我知道现在有很多人对生活没有热情,他们可以到我这个花园里获得好心情(我知道不少像你这样热爱生活的在人在此经过,都会因为 看到我花园的美丽而驻步,从而心情愉快)。与此同时,它还给了我和你对话的机会,和享受它带给我们的幸福。
我相信每一朵花都有一双可以看见老年人善良的心和甜蜜(崇高)的灵魂。他把花种在了自己的心里,他虽然看不见花的盛开,但是一定可以听见花的声音。