go through life like an amateur gardener: we buy a
plant or some seeds at a store and we plop them into the
ground, water them a bit, and expect nature to take her
course and provide us with a wonderful flower or a bumper
crop just because we went through this small amount of
effort. But we don't tend to the plant--we don't prune
the extra growth that is stealing energy from the plant, we
don't feed it with the nutrients that help it to develop
into something more than just an ill-fed, ill-tended plant.
could learn from the master gardeners, though. They
know that if a plant is going to grow, it needs the right
amount of light, water, and pruning, and it needs good soil
and the right amount of fertilizer. And even with
optimal conditions, each plant is going to grow in a
slightly different way, becoming its own unique self.
its needs are met a rosebush will make roses."
When our needs are met, we will become the people we are
meant to be, and we shall bloom forth in our own special,
we have to remember, though, is that we are our own
gardeners. Each of us is on this planet partly to take
care of our own needs; once our own needs are taken care of,
we can begin to help others to meet their needs. Do
not neglect your own needs as life goes on along its daily
course, for all of us would like to see you in your fullest,
most beautiful form.
Questions to ponder:
1. Do you give yourself the right
amount of light and nourishment,
and do you put yourself in fertile soil?
2. In what ways do you neglect your
What could you use more (or less) of?
3. Are you more likely to help
someone else to meet his or her
needs first, or take care of your own needs to make sure
that you're strong enough to be of true help?
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
fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing
process, a person sooner or later discovers that he or she isthe
master-gardener of his or her soul, the director of his or her life.