When I’m stressed, or tense, or anxious, or over busy, or just have a lot of stuff on my mind…
I find it very relaxing to water and tend my garden.
You’ll find me in the evenings, wearing a big straw hat, a cup of tea in one hand, hose in the other hand, watering my plants and absent-mindedly pulling out weeds. There’s a time when I suddenly want to mow my lawn but I don’t know what to do! I remember my first time driving a zero turn lawn mower, I’m a little bit terrified and excited at the same time, I don’t know what I am doing! It’s funny right? No Problem, I did it right!
It brings me so much stillness and deep joy.
So as an indication of my mental well being — check out how green my plants are haha.
They look so happy, like they are bursting out in green orchestral song.
They are like little, gleeful children, with crazy fun personalities, thriving under my care and attention.
It makes me feel like such a great person. Look what I made! I’m so clever!
On the flip side.
When I’m happy, relaxed and cruising along in life… um, funnily enough, my garden dries up and dies!
It gets overgrown with weeds. Dead leaves and branches fall all over the place and make it look messy. The outer leaves of plants die. There are no flowers. No new buds. No growth here.
It might go on for months. Until I find a moment to step outside, to throw out the rubbish or something and notice — OH SHIT. OOoooops. Yikes I let that ball drop! Sorry little garden! Must make you a priority! Tomorrow!
I say all this with a big smile on my face.
It’s not exactly a great parable. Not sure what I’m trying to say. There’s no real message of inspiration here. It’s just a funny story!