Onion at first had minor problems with others' expectations of Its place in the day-to-day grind. It would sit on the shelf, alone, unattended, uninvited, uninvolved. Its many layers felt raw and exposed, and It secretly wished it could curl back into the safety of its budded state. And then there were times It was snatched out, almost as an afterthought, but with fervor & passion for those same qualities that had earlier caused revulsion. Onion didn't really mind the times it stayed on the shelf; truth be told it felt good sometimes just to rest & recharge. But sometimes the space in between usefulness and disconnection became a chasm that seemed too huge to cross.
Onion only knew how to be an onion, but at times Its nature and fate seemed contrary to Its dreams and hopes. A simpler, easier and rewarding life seemed beyond Its reach. From afar, Onion saw Lotus Flower and wondered how different Its life would be if but only It were Lotus instead of Onion. Certainly things would be different? In silence, Onion contemplated the gifts of Its true Self. It couldn't change its structure or role; Its Soul Purpose was to be Onion. Then came the realization that as an Onion, Its personal journey from the depths of Earth's warm, moist soil wasn't too far of a contrast to the Lotus's path from the wet muddy swamp that nourished Her roots to bring forth flower. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams", It remembered. And so Onion decided to believe in Its dreams, and recommitted to being the best Onion yet! "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear".