Grow Something, Grow Yourself

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you grow a garden, you grow yourself.

My primary occupation is working with clients to improve the value of their lives and their homes through professional landscape design. I help people make the most of what they have, show them how they can make it better and walk with them through the process of creation and beautification.

One thing about landscaping, and more specifically, gardening, is that you can’t help but grow yourself. When you try something new or watch something go from being a seed to producing a delectable fruit, there is something inside you that changes.
Living a life with momentum means embracing all the realities and paying attention to the daily teachings all around us. The reality of growing something is that there is no control. Maybe you have great plans. You may have done all the research. You worked hard to provide the best soil. But the reality is that it will grow as God intends it to grow. Sometimes a plant will unexpectedly produce something beautiful. At other times it will shrivel up and die for no apparent reason.

There are a few truths that I have recognized while growing my own garden.

  • You reap what you sow. No amount of wanting and desiring will turn a carrot seed into a tomato or a cucumber into a sunflower. What you plant is what you get. In life, unless you plant seeds of kindness, of gratitude, of service, of frugality–you will not reap the rewards, no matter how much you wish otherwise.
  • Control the weeds or they will choke out the fruit. You can do everything to better yourself: plant the seeds of virtue and service, encourage growth and bring lots of sunshine. However, if you lack diligence in controlling your vices, they will choke out the flowers and strangle the plants. They rob the earth of its fertility and, if left unchecked, will be more difficult to eliminate later on. Bad habits, bad attitudes, gossip, ego are all weeds in a well-tended garden that can defeat even the most dedicated gardener.
  • Do your best and leave the rest to God. A garden reminds you that, while you can control a lot of things, at the end of the day it is up to God’s good grace whether the garden produces what you hope it will produce. A beautiful crop can be obliterated overnight by a roving swarm of bugs, a hungry gopher can make a row of beans disappear and a neighborhood herd of deer can eat their way through an orchard. You work the soil, you plant the seed, you water the plant–you do your part. Then you walk away knowing you did your best and leave the rest to God.

If you re looking for a great way to find yourself, grow yourself and discover the mysteries of life–plant and tend your own garden!