I’m not a happy gardener. I had planted cucumbers the other day…I really, really love fresh garden cucumbers…I mean, really. But, when I went down to the garden today, the ones I had planted, had all died. They had looked so good when I planted them. There were several other plants that also didn’t look all that healthy. I know that I am going to have to go down there on a more regular basis to check on the plants and make sure they are well watered when we don’t have rain.
It makes me think though about seeds of another sort. The seeds we plant in our life.
Before we can plant, we need to prepare. While in a physical garden we prepare the soil, in life we prepare ourselves. We learn about ourselves, the person we are, and what we are capable of and best at doing.
We can teach, we can encourage, we can offer to help where needed. But we need to make sure that we are ready. That we have the right knowledge, abilities and attitude. One cannot grow, if one doesn’t have the right knowledge and tools. Attitude being a tool.
You may not necessarily wish to teach, but more to share. To help others to find ways to grow themselves, through your words and actions. For them to see how you handled a situation, allowing them to understand how they may go about the things needed for their way to be better.
I believe, that as long as we have a basic understanding of our personality, and are comfortable that we are the best person that we can possible be, we should be able to plant a beautiful life garden.
With a smile. Yes, behind face coverings they are difficult to see, but not if you look at the eyes. You can see a real, genuine smile in the eyes. A smile, is a wonderful greeting.
A kind word, an acknowledgement of those around you. A simple hello, how are you, glorious day. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. And, there will be some who don’t respond. Don’t let it bother you. You may have planted a seed after all. They may respond to the next person.
An offer of assistance. Hold a door open, let someone know if they dropped something. If they can’t reach an item and will accept help, help.
Be kind to the people who are working at stores, restaurants, gas stations. Even if they are rude, no need to return in like fashion.
Be kind, its easier, its better, it grows prettier flowers later.
We may never know, what our actions, our words, may grow. When we are kind. When we are not, its obvious as the results are immediate. But kindness, compassion, all the emotions and actions that show positive things, again, you may not see the results, but someone will.Plant that flower of kindness, compassion, love. The world really needs them right now.