The Gardener


We are frustrated because we keep waiting for the blooming of flowers, of which we have yet to sow the seeds.  –  Steve Maraboli

“In life, we can take one of two attitudes: To build or to plant.

The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day they finish what they are doing.  Then they find they are hemmed in by their own walls.  Life loses it’s meaning and purpose, when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant.  They endure storms and the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest.  Unlike a building, the garden never stops growing, and while it requires the gardeners constant awareness and attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.

Gardeners always recognize one another, because they know in the history of each plant, lies the growth of the whole world.”  –  Paul Coelho

What seeds are we planting to grow our dreams into being?  What effort are we making to plant the right seeds? How much attention and focus are we giving our garden each day to keep it growing?

Within each of us lies the growth of the whole world.

50 thoughts on “The Gardener

  1. I am conscious that we need to plant seed before we can enjoy the harvest.
    However, we do need to have a vision and keep our eye on that harvest to know that we need to plant in the first place.

  2. That quote by Paul Coelho is so good Karen. I think also the distinction between building and planting is the whole issue of control. In building you are in control, but when it comes to planting there is a rhythm of growth that you cannot control. Having done your side you can only stand by and watch it happen. It’s humbling and puts the human ego in its place. Enjoyed the post Karen Thank you.

    1. Well said Don. You are right, there is no control in nature or in life. Tending to our garden each day keeps it growing strong and prepared for change. Thankyou for your comment.

  3. Karen, have you ever read the poem Comes the Dawn? Reading your beautiful post made me think of a verse from that poem…”So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Love that part 🙂

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