It's natural for a violet to blossom like a violet and for a rose to blossom like a rose. There is no need for violets to produce rose blossoms. We are all like violets or like roses, but we defeat ourselves by thinking, "I'm like a violet but I'm not satisfied with producing violet blossoms. I want to produce rose blossoms." If a violet can't produce a violet blossom, its life is defeated and it's of no use. But you don't need to decide if you're a violet or a rose. Your life is yours and it is limitless in its potential.
- Adapted from Uchiyama's The Zen Teachings of "Homeless" Kodo