“If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross …
Gardens are such beautiful places to experience the joy, the depth, and the miracles of life. Here, in the lovely colors and scents of the blooms, or the nourishing produce of the fruits and vegetables, we can witness growth and purpose, sharing and abundance, absorption and completion, determination and patience, and so much more. And as I read Elisabeth’s words here, I have to ask myself, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the world around me were to become such a garden?” If my life and the life of those around me, those I love and care about, where filled with growth, beauty, wonder, nourishment, abundance, and purpose–all of which require love and compassion from me. For without these two qualities, shared generously and unconditionally, life will never be the garden that it has the potential to be; not for me and not for the lives of those I affect around me.
If we want our world to become a garden, the first thing we must do is to “make our goal to live a life of love and compassion.” As Elisabeth points out, a beautiful world for us does not just happen; it requires vision and focus to see it, and it takes commitment and effort to create it, to form it, to develop it, and to push it to its extraordinary limits. If our goal is to be loving and compassionate, then we must come to a point in which we naturally commit loving and compassionate actions. Then, through those actions, we can make our lives extraordinary and contribute amazing things to the lives of others–as long as we expect anything in return for our actions.
We choose the garden of our lives; for we are the gardeners–we control what we plant in them and we then decide how we will tend to those things. So what kind of garden will your life be: a lush one that is well tended to, with beautiful, healthy flowers and plants, or a dry and barren one full of weeds? Will you give just the bare minimum required food, water, and care to your garden, or will you help it to grow and thrive?
Take time to tend to the garden of life growing around you.
Questions to consider:
Why is it important to share the love and compassion that is within us with others?
What can you do today to make the garden of your life flourish?
How often do you share–actively share–your compassion and unconditional love with others?
For further thought:
“We’re all assigned a piece of garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life–our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances–exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear.”‘~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love