AND Tend the Garden

June 26th, 2016

In this season of growth, gardens are a beautiful metaphor for our lives, especially our emotional lives. What we water and prune tends to grow. Untended gardens are like unconscious lives. Because we are not paying attention, we may be watering the weeds and blocking the growth of the most beautiful flowers and plants.

One of the most beautiful flowers in the garden is gratitude. Once we choose to look for it in our lives, we find it. AND it grows. With a conscious focus on looking for the things and people in our lives to be grateful for, we recognize the many gifts growing and scattered throughout our lives. AND the gratitude multiplies.

Unconscious anger, once watered and fed, grows like a weed. It gradually blocks our ability to celebrate the light and beauty in our lives, much as weeds block the growth of beautiful flowers. AND like many weeds, watered anger grows quickly, as weeds are inclined to do. Many develop a deep root that makes it hard for us to weed out, if the weed is allowed to grow because we keep feeding it.

Every garden needs tending every day. The life we create, whether as individuals, in community, in the workplace, or in any other context has the potential to grow into something spectacular. All we need to remember is that wherever we shine our light, wherever we focus our energy, and whatever we feed is what grows. AND what we ignore withers and dies.

It’s time for each of us to tend the garden, if we want lives full of potential, beauty, and light. Imagine what we can grow, if we choose what to feed in the garden, and remove the weeds.

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