Here there is a patch of dirt. It doesn’t look like much, but it is infinite in its potential. In order for it to become a garden it will take diligent effort on your part. Enrich it, and it will become a plot of soil. It will require you to plan – to consciously consider what you would like to grow, to be aware of the season, to know your zone. You will need to sow seeds and tend them with care; provide them nourishment – perhaps to compost; provide them with water, either by your hand or by placing anticipating adequate rainfall. It will require tending – thinning seedlings, weeding, discouraging pests. The attention that you give it will be evident in its growth. It will require you to be patient as you wait for it to flourish.
Once your garden grows, it will still require your attention. If you have grown flowers, perhaps pruning. If you have grown food, harvesting…
You put forth all of this care, effort, and attention… you invest all of this time to create something beautiful. Step back for a moment and look at this marvel that you have cultivated. What was once a patch of dirt is now alive and thriving. What was once a patch of dirt will now feed, not only your body and soul, but provide the gift of nourishment to those around you; your family, your friends…
During those times in life when you feel as though you have nothing left to give, can you invest the time and energy in yourself to cultivate your own growth? Can you look at yourself and see the potential for beauty in your life once again? Can you diligently tend to your soul that it may once again flourish?
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
~ Andy Warhol
You are your garden. Give yourself the time and energy that you deserve. Create your own change.