Has Spring Sprung for You?
If I am you I may be thinking; “spring… I don’t see any spring outside my window!”
But I assure you that, for me, spring has indeed sprung.
There are more than just a few telltale signs of this change of season but most prominently must be the stack of seed catalogs that rise above the normal clutter of paper strewn across my desk. For the environmentalist in me this appears to be a waste of precious resources but as a gardener these catalogs are like old friends that have come to visit once again. Although we haven’t seen one another for some time we fall right back into that comfortable and familiar interaction that makes it seem like we were never apart for long.
Leafing through (no pun intended) I visit page upon page of plants that I’ve grown to love (and love to grow). They have sprouted, grown and bloomed for me regularly providing me color, beauty and joy. These plants are the easy things of my life and the people that I can count on each and every day. These things, these people are not challenges but solutions. They are not difficult… they make life easier, make days go faster and my daily tasks less stressful.
Moving through more pages I find other plants that have challenged me and are reminders that greater satisfaction is felt once difficult trials are overcome. These plants aren’t pushovers… they need special attention that many find too needy regardless of their beauty. Personally, I appreciate their reluctance, their disinclination, their stinginess. Some plants are like that… some people are like that. It is ours to realize the path to revealing their inner beauty... to discovering all they have to offer.
And sure, there are a few of those plants that I have not yet mastered… whose potential success eludes me and which I am rarely, if ever, willing to give up on growing. These plants test my resolve and sharpen my will shaping my character as do the trials and tribulations we all face in everyday life.
Most of all I look forward to those plants which are completely unknown and foreign to me in every way. These plants are living puzzles… mysteries I have the opportunity to unlock if I am up to the challenge. While there may be directives designed to bring about a successful outcome they remain unproven until I have achieved growing success. These plants make life interesting… they keep me young at heart and healthful in spirit.
Spring is about regeneration, rebirth and renewal and, yes I guess it’s about plants. So I ask you once again; “Has spring sprung for you?” Are you enjoying all those catalogs of life with the plants you love, the others who challenge and those yet unconquered? Are you open to the mysteries that may be presented or are you satisfied with what is more easily understood? Can you find gratification where others find frustration? Can you perceive beauty where others see anguish? Can you gain wisdom while others simply surrender?
Now is the time to order the seeds for this year’s garden… I hope you grow it well.