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Pruning the Self-Absorption

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The lantana grew unruly over the last few weeks of summer. Sunshine-colored blossoms and long-armed branches of spiky leaves choked out the amaryllis and were on the verge of a hostile take-over of the garden.

The gardener arrived, pruners in hand, and set to work.

Halfway through the trimming session, a single swallowtail butterfly, delicate yet hardy survivor of the previous night’s chill, floated into sight and landed atop one of the few remaining blossoms.

Lantana-taming came to a halt. The pruners went back in the tool caddy.

Do you sometimes forget how your actions impact the well-being of others?


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