Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. (Author Unknown)

Picking flowers is a bit like working with students. Gardens may have beautiful flowers, but they also have weeds and thorns. To get the flowers, you may have to pull some weeds and bump into thorns. Likewise, to get the best out of a classroom of students, you may meet some who are hard to work with, but perseverance will produce the desired bouquet.

The wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy (Isaiah 35:1-2)