Leave a Legacy

Plant a tree,
a butterfly garden,
lilies that multiply and spread,
camellias that will be majestic long after you’re gone.

Improve the Earth for future generations.
Leave a legacy in nature.

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Love thy neighbor

Herd mentality, groupthink, social clique, members-only, club mentality, PLU.
Is social conformity for our own validation?

What makes us resistant to “different”?
Must we label “different” as nerd, geek, or weird?
How about “Love thy neighbor” without judgment or labels?

What makes us uncomfortable with “different”?

Friends

Friends, true friends, those treasured beings who walk through life with us and are always just a phone call away; hold our hand if we need a hand to hold; lend a hand if we need one; believe in us if we doubt ourselves; remind us of our successes and accomplishments; honor confidentiality without being asked; comfort us when life throws a curve ball, or a bomb; know who we really are and believe in us if others do not; respect our choices even if they don’t understand; cheer for our successes; offer a different perspective when they think it might help; see the best in us; are there for us when family is not; really love us; remind us not to let the turkeys get us down. Friends, true friends, are the treasures of life. 

The Words of My Mouth

I cherish being with those exceptional people who always see the best in others. One of my dearest friends is such a person. He truly and sincerely walks in love. I have never heard him criticize or speak ill of anyone, politicians aside. He is kind, compassionate, and looks only at his own flaws and short-comings. He loves his neighbors as himself, even when he disagrees with them. He inspires me.

I try not to share any negative words to influence others’ opinions about others; rather, to let others form their own opinion based on their experience, not mine.

I try not to criticize others. I try to remember to see others as I am–imperfect. Often I fail.

Imagine if we all looked first at our own imperfections before finding fault with others.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

A Garden to Thrive

I noticed right away the out of place oleander shoot in the front flower bed in my new home. Gardeners notice such things. I don’t know how it landed in that spot under an oak tree. There was no room in that bed, where only shade plants can thrive. Oleander needs sun and room to grow. 

I left Ole alone for a while, then decided to give her a chance to grow, moving her to a spot in full sun. The new location apparently is ideal. The small sprig quickly shot up and branched out. Within a few months she bore vibrant pink blossoms. Ole is now eight feet tall, healthy and thriving in her new garden. 

“Bloom where you are planted” sounds like good advice. But what if you’re trying to thrive in a place deficient in nutrients required for growth? What if you’re merely surviving instead of thriving? What if your garden needs to be in full sun instead of shade? What if you’re becoming lopsided and misshapen from reaching for the sun, or burned and scarred by too much sun? 

“Create a garden where you can thrive” offers another perspective. All plants do not thrive in the same garden. Different plants require different growing conditions. Sometimes, transplanting is necessary for optimum health. Different plants require different gardens. Smart gardeners know this.