Our gardens parallel our life. Both require the right ingredients in order to mature.
Gardening is a matter of passion with cycles of misfortune and success just like life. Our garden and our life are synced with the sun and earth which dances with grace, revolving and tilting with gentle movements. Our seasons, days, and nights march onward with the precision of the Great Conductor who has orchestrated the rhythm of our universe. There is a time for rest and a time for growth. Our gardens flourish with a cycle of life in tune with the seasons, sprouting forth and maturing with the help of nature and divine guidance. Seasons begin with spring, we prepare our garden for seeds, enrich the soil, and diligently nurse the plants. During the summer we rid the weeds which choke the plants. We must water the bounty so it can thrive and be harvested. In the fall, we must clean up our garden and get rid of old plant debris which can harbor pests that will infest our garden in the spring. When winter comes, the soil slumbers during the short blustery days of winter only to awaken in time for spring. Gardening, like our life, is always an ongoing process of cultivation that must continue in order to reap the rewards.
Our garden and our lives are intertwined, each requiring prudent care, faith in our efforts, and patience to reach maturity. A garden cannot thrive on its own accord just as we cannot thrive on our own accord. Any yield is based on the effort we put into it. Without the divine foundation of building blocks for all life and the maintenance of that foundation and building blocks, we wither just as our garden will. As humans we have immense responsibilities to ensure our efforts are always moving forward in a manner which enriches our life and the life of others. If we cultivate our life with goodness and diligent faith in God throughout our life cycle, we cannot be overcome by forces which cast us by the wayside.
Life is impossible to be on the upswing all the time, we will have ups and downs. It is worthwhile to recognize the downs, but it is not productive to dwell on them. If we truly want to live to the fullest, we must put forth the effort to responsibly cultivate our lives with Gods nourishment. Think of thriving, if we introduce the right amount of care, nutrients, and information into our bodies, we give our self the best chance to succeed in life. We always have the opportunity to reset our garden as well as our life if we neglect the work needed to maintain it. Throughout our life we make adjustments for our course to coincide with actions needed to thrive.
We have two choices for our garden and our life. We can cultivate our garden and our life throughout its cycle by nourishing it, taking care of it, and respecting it, or we can give up and let the weeds of neglect have their way. No one desires to be overtaken by neglect, depleted of the life force needed to prosper. A life cultivated with unwavering faith in our Almighty, with love, and with determination to put forth the best we have to offer is a life which reaches maturity. With that maturity, we have gained the wisdom and knowledge to deliver us to a higher level of existence.
Let me conclude this by stating, “I am not perfect by far”. Much cultivation needs to be initiated in my own life. I have ups and downs like everyone and in no way am I an expert on how to live life, nor am I anywhere close to having the knowledge of a theologian, or any other highly educated professional. My words come straight from my heart and my hope is that we can all grow and learn from our own intuition and from the knowledge others have shared with us. As always, my greatest wish is for the best to come your way.