“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” – Vera Nazarian …
Who tends to my “garden” in life? Do I actively participate in creating an environment of joy, compassion, and love? Do I plant and nourish the positive flowers in my life and “pull the weeds?” And if the answer is no, then why am I not actively working to cultivate my world?
Weeds are an unhealthiness that remove many of the nourishing qualities of our lives and rob them of so much of their meaning. And if we feel that we are surrounded by weeds, then we must take action to remove them–for we control the world we live in. Water the good things; give them your attention and time. Trim the branches; exerting the majority of your efforts and abilities on the things that truly matter to you. Plant healthy seeds; nurture things that will bring value into your life and add to it happiness and joy. Above all, pull the weeds; remove the things that cause you suffering or harm.
It does us no good to “be an acolyte” in our garden of life–we each need to be the masters of it. And once we begin to actively take care of our own needs, we can then go on to help others tend to the needs of their garden as well.
Be an active gardener in your life today.
Questions to consider:
What type of work do you put into creating fertile soil in your “garden?”
In what ways do you neglect your own needs, allowing others to determine the garden you live in?
Are you better able to help someone else meet their needs before or after your own needs are met? What are some ways in which you can help others tend to their gardens?
For further thought:
“Just as gardeners cultivate their plots, keeping them free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which they require, so may a person tend the garden of his or her mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a person sooner or later discovers that he or she is the master-gardener of his or her soul, the director of his or her life.” – James Allen