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There are Life Lessons in Gardening

Things I have learned from my garden.

 Every day brings a new surprise. Things do not go as planned. You cannot predict the outcome of the seeds that you sow. Even with much hard work the results may be unpredictable.

A single act can destroy everything you worked hard to build. The beauty of any given day can take your breath away. Some days the magnificence of a flower or the abundance of vegetables leaves me awestruck, an unexpected gift. 

Waiting is part of the joy of gardening. There is a sense of accomplishment when the pay-off is not immediate, a reminder that good things require patience.

I love perennials. Flowers that return year after year add a sense of permanence to my life. It is a positive investment that continues to grow, a sense of future that can be predicted.

Gardens teach us about relationships. These can be so complex, the relationship of the seeds to the soil, the water to the earth and even that of the insect to the plants.

Life often appears random and out of your control. You may fight, and struggle and many times there is no resolution. With a new day there are new blooms. In the face of loss, the sun still shines the next day. The garden is still there, a place to cultivate, to grow and to just be.

rclay@rbrhs.org  Follow me on Twitter @PrincipalClay

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