“Why try to explain miracle to your kid when you can plant them a garden?”, asked Robert Brault. In our view, a garden, more specifically, a vegetable garden is much more than that. It holds the potential to teach some brilliant life lessons. Here’s how:
“Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished” – Lao Tzu
In times where technology allows us to do our daily tasks and communication with instant results, our brains are getting wired to assume that things we seek are always fast to acquire with minimal effort or time necessary. Gardens however urges us to slow down and get in sync with the pace of nature. When growing something like vegetables, we are able to see the full life cycle of something and realize the importance of patience.
Reach for the light when you can't find it.
When a plant doesn’t get enough light, it grows slowly in the direction of light in order to get nourished. Even in when in darkness, there should be effort to grow towards people and things that nourish and brings light to the soul.
Sometimes things work out, sometimes they fail. Both experiences are worth it.
You might spend hours, days even months trying to grow something yet at times the plant may be attacked by pests, birds, squirrels or it might die. Learning to come to terms with failure, the art of surrender where everything goes beyond control and starting over again is an important life lesson. To fail you have to take a risk. To fail you have to try. Trying is always meaningful.
Shit makes you grow.
When life throws nasty struggles at you and it suffocates, remember from shit comes the most potent manure. As shit helps plants grow, challenges make you push your limit and reach out your highest potential.
Beauty is more diverse than you can even imagine.
Each and every plant evolved over time to be its own little unique self. Whether it has thorns or flowers, if it's a reedy grass or a sturdy weed, each plant brings its own value to the ecosystem. So, when you're heading into a self-criticism spiral, remember that what you bring to the world is of unique value because you bring it.
Small growth is still growth.
Making changes in your life — whether it means remembering to water a plant or remembering that you are a worthy person — is hard. Doing things little by little is still doing the things, so applaud the tiny victories. Even a giant tree started as a little seed.