Though I'm not much of a gardener, I enjoy looking at beautifully planned and choreographed gardens. Who does not appreciate the flow of color and scent and texture that devoted gardeners achieve with their vision and hard work?
Many of life's important lessons can be found in gardening. We are all familiar with the "Law of the Harvest." We reap what we sow. Like so many things, this is both encouraging and discouraging. When I sow seeds of compassion and kindness, I reap the same. Similarly, when I sow seeds of discouragement and bitterness, those qualities are my reward.
An article on gardening caught my eye the other day. The author likened pruning away a garden's old growth to that of pruning away the old growth in our lives. What constitutes old growth in my life? When I hold on to idea for so long that I can't entertain new ones. When I nurture grudges that take up room for new, healthier feelings. When I refuse to clean out the clutter in my closets ... and my heart. Yes, old growth takes many forms.
So, for today, I am grateful for lessons from a garden.