Sitting on the porch, reading scripture, I noticed all the green surrounding me. Everywhere I look, there is green. Black-eyed Susans are below and purple-flowered bushes straight ahead. To my left, my eyes focused on a tree I have seen for years but never understood. It is a maple tree, but you would never know it because ivy has overwhelmed it to make it unrecognizable. I remember Buddha taught that two phenomena make humans unhappy: Clinging and aversion. I almost felt like I want to take shears and cut the ivy off the maple because the poor tree cannot express its true nature. Still, it would be a fool's errand as with many people in a similar predicament.
Varieties of Green