The name Einstein has become synonymous with the word genius, yet if you asked young Albert's classmates, teachers, or bosses they would have never described him as such. History informs us that Albert Einstein didn't speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was eleven. This caused his teachers and parents to believe that he was mentally handicapped early on. As a teen he didn't score high enough on the general portion on the exam to be admitted to the university; however, he excelled in physics and mathematics. (Isn't it amazing that some of us can't conquer the basic/general things in life but excel in the seemingly difficult? I digress...) Eventually, Einstein enrolled in the university and graduated; however, for two years he struggled to find a job until he eventually found entry level work in the Swiss patent office evaluating machine patents. After two years at the patent office he was overlooked for a promotion until he "fully mastered machine technology." Even though his boss thought that he did not understand the science under his charge, Einstein went on to become one of the smartest individuals in world history. He earned a Nobel Prize and changed the face of modern physics with ideas, thoughts, and work that are still highly regarded and respected decades after his death. To that end, I am proud to say that Albert Einstein is a dandelion the rest of us who have been considered "weeds" can look up to. Sometimes we let life and all of life's "stuff" keep us from achieving greatness. Other people can hurt your feelings, talk about you, judge you, fire you, laugh at you, label you, and shun you, but YOU are the only one who can make YOU give up on something. Sometimes life makes us want to give up; however, If we really believe in something we have to fight to keep trying. Dandelions are awesome because they grow, flourish, and bloom even though people don't want them around. We must be able to do the same- grow even when people don't like us. We have to grow even when it's difficult. We have to grow and be the people we are called to be no matter what others say or think. I'm a proud dandelion! - Rev. Derek
A weed/plant growing where it is not wanted; however, dandelions have dozens of beneficial medicinal uses. This page offers inspiration to those of us who are proud dandelions- at times others may see us as unwanted, yet we understand and recognize our value and grow anyway!