Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Gardener's Guide to Life

I have had this for many years, framed and hanging in my kitchen. I think these are good thoughts to remember as I live my life. I don't know who wrote it, but if anyone knows, will you please share with us?


You get to choose how you welcome each day. If you choose to approach each day with an “I can’t wait to go outside to see the garden” instead of “I have to pull weeds again” attitude, your life will be a lot happier.

Sometimes, in order to create something beautiful, you have to get dirty. The best things in life come with a fair share of dirt.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. It’s greener where you water it most. So instead of wanting what others have, make what you have better.

A garden has plants that provide beauty, as well as those that provide sustenance. It is the same in life. Not everyone or everything has to do it all. That includes you.

A plant that grows best in the sun won’t thrive in the shade. This is true, no matter how much water or fertilizer you give it. It is the same with people. Focus on your true talents, and don’t think you have to be something you are not.

Sometimes what makes a garden grow can smell pretty awful. It is important to remember that we all get our nourishment in different ways. What helps one person grow and bloom may not work for another.

A garden needs extra care in times of stress. The same is true in life. When the world around you is difficult, take care to nurture your relationships with everyone, including yourself.

Gardening requires sharp tools and a big heart. Make sure your sharpest tool is your mind, and cultivate your life and garden with your heart.

Things in nature can’t be forced. If you plant a seed before the ground is ready, it will shrivel and die. The same is true in life. Plant happy seeds when the time is right, and allow them to grow at their own pace.

When looking at your garden, focus on what needs to be straightened or trimmed or pulled. Just as often, you need to step back and see the garden as a whole, appreciating the beauty and ignoring the imperfections. Allow the beauty to make you happy.

Things in life almost never turn out as you planned. It is a waste of time to be angry at the squirrel for planting a pecan tree in the rose bed. Instead, look forward to seeing life’s little surprises.

A garden is for sharing. Let the birds, the bees and your neighbors enjoy it. When you keep it all for yourself, you lose out on the joy that comes from sharing.

Admire other people’s gardens, but don’t love yours any less. What you have is special in it’s own way and admired by someone else as well.

Weed or flower? It’s in the eye of the beholder. So, before you yank another weed from your garden or your life, be sure it doesn’t have something to offer that you might have overlooked.

Gardening and life are both more fun when shared with others. The extra bonus is that you can always learn something new, and you can share your knowledge.

You have to prune away the old growth to make room for the new. So it is with ideas too. Let go of whatever is holding you back, and you can find yourself blooming in ways you never thought possible.

Remember that some friends are annual; they pop into your life and give it a quick burst of color. Others are perennial; they come back year after year, and you can always count on them. There’s room in your life for both.



sanddune said...

Don't know who wrote it but it sure contains a load of truth. I think I like it. Thanks for sharing it.

tina said...

It is all wonderful tidbits to live by. All except the one about sunny plants not growing in the shade-please please let that fertilizer and TLC work:)

The Violet Fern said...

What a lovely "hanging picture" to live by ... I really like this and would like to copy it for myself if you don't mind. Sorry I can't help with its origin but would love to "keep it growing."

Anonymous said...

This is great, Janie. Thanks for sharing it. -Jean

James Missier said...

I feel so blessed to read what you shared in it have deep meaning personally for me.
Thanks for sharing this.

I too really like this and would like to copy it for myself if you don't mind.

janie said...

Feel free to print this out, copy it to your heart's content. I am happy to share.

LeSan said...

That was me. I wrote it. Gosh I had almost forgotten all about it. You can send the royalty checks to....
Thanks Janie we should all copy and paste this up on the garden shed or refrigerator. Life does seem to work out a bit better when we are able to break it down to some basics.

Rosey Pollen said...

I am not sure either who wrote it but they were very wise. I like the part about the friends being perennial or annuals.It is so true! Thanks for sharing this insightful guide. :)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I really like this, a lot good comparisons between gardening and life :)

Jacqueline said...

Just love it and have copied this excellent perspective for gardening and life.
Thanks so much for sharing, Janie.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Wonderful perspective, I will also pass it along. :) Rebecca