A few weeks ago, our family decided to plant a few seeds, as with every seed that is planted, there is always hope for new growth, and new possibilities. After having had a rather emotionally grueling period in our family, we decided that a ‘feel good exercise’ was necessary, one that would mark the beginning of a new season in our lives, as well as one that would potentially have a lasting effect, so we decided to buy various seeds, from flowers to carrots. Considering that neither me nor my husband have any prior experience in gardening, this was purely experimental on all of our parts, our two year old son’s included. So with our gloves donned, spades in hand and hose pipe awaiting, we embarked on this experiment with much gusto and enthusiasm, there’s nothing more exciting than knowing that what you do today, will one day amount to something bigger, beautiful and even surprising. The anticipation of the satisfaction and sense of achievement is in itself enough to fuel one with added energy.
Having carefully prepared the soil and cleared the pots, we all grabbed hold of our sachets of seeds and each of us had a go at sprinkling the seeds into the various pots, since none of us have any actual experience in planting, we chose to play it by ear and just have fun throwing in what ever seeds one had in hand, at times I had the sneaking suspicion that maybe some pots had a combination of winter flowers and carrots all in one. This, obviously , was only going to be evident once the seedlings came out and one discovered what kind of leaves were presented.
The thing about planting seeds, literally and metaphorically, is that it takes time to see the ‘fruits of your labour’. There is a lot of patience needed to carefully nurture and water the seeds, sight unseen, with the knowledge, hope, trust and belief that they will grow to be whatever plants or flowers they were intended to be. It is impossible for the seeds to become flowers over night, without first going through their natural life cycle, however, this knowledge does not stop us wishing.
There are times in life when one feels like events aren’t unfolding quickly enough, business is not yielding result fast enough, the weight is not shedding rapidly enough, winter is not leaving soon enough. The list is endless. The reality is that every thing happens when it happens, as they say, everything has its own season, every caterpillar must go through its process in becoming a butterfly.
Everything has its own process.
Honour the process. The process of watching the pots getting enveloped by the green blanket of new leaves, noticing how some leaves resemble those of carrots and others of winter flowers and realising that it does not matter whether there was a mix up during planting or not, for new growth is new growth.
Sometimes I discover that some pots already had had other plants that had been in need of a bit of attention to spring back to life, so some of the growth was even a surprise to us the planters. It is a matter of accepting and welcoming the sight of everything green in our back yard regardless of what it looks like. A dear friend of mine pointed out that answers in life take form, as with flowers, they take form, shape up and eventually blossom into the wonders that they are. The trick is to recognize the beauty even when it presents in an unexpected form, who knows? One day what looked unacceptable today, could be perfect for another day, its a question of allowance.
I am learning through our foundation level gardening, to honour the process, to trust in nature and the natural laws that govern her, to welcome the new growth in whatever form or shape it comes and to trust that to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose. This is my lesson.
With visible breathe I await with excitement, the day the first flower starts blooming and the transformation of our green back yard will come to full effect…
…With a hopeful heart I usher in the period of new events unfolding, of new dreams being realised and new possibilities beckoning.
And in this spirit, I celebrate father time working together with mother nature, to bring about new life, and I marvel at the sheer brilliance.