A wise gardener knows that every seed won’t turn into a flower. Uncooperative weather, competing weeds, and hungry bugs can impede even the strongest of seed from reaching its potential.
If a gardener is unwise, he will be upset. Perhaps he will blame himself and lose confidence. Or maybe he will give into complaining and bemoan his bad luck.
Being a successful gardener requires knowledge, discipline, resilience, and understanding.
1. Plant good seeds. To grow the garden of your life, you must start with good seed. No matter how much water and sunshine you provide, if you from a poor foundation, no flowers will grow. Ask yourself tough questions. Find the bad seeds, and stop planting them. They are only going to grow into heartache, frustration, and despair.
2. Provide the necessary conditions for growth. Just as flowers don’t grow without water and sunlight, a good life requires the right set of circumstances. One can grow many different types of garden. Though, all good lives require health, love, and progress. Eat right. Be good to those you care about. Always be moving towards something. Have those in order, then you can work out the specifics.
3. Pull the weeds. No matter what garden you choose, or how persistently you care for it. There will be weeds. When you spot them, do not hesitate. The longer you let them grow, the deeper they will imbed themselves into your life, making it harder and harder to remove them. At times it will be difficult to judge a weed from a flower, but trust your intuition and act.
4. Be a wise gardener. Before you’ve even picked out your seeds, be aware that much of gardening is out of your control. No matter how diligent and dedicated you are, many of your seeds are not destined to become flowers. Struggle is intrinsic to life. Dont let this discourage you. Let it empower you. Press on in the face of uncertainty and continually replant good seeds. When one fails to grow, don’t dwell on it, or let it affect your opinion of yourself. Instead, shrug your shoulders in understanding, and move on.
And above all else, take time to stop and smell the roses.