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5 LIFE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM GARDENING

Spring is here, and that means planting season for all the green thumbs out there. Even if you’re not inclined to gardening, the following life lessons still hold meaning both in and out of the garden.

HAVE FAITH IN SOMETHING GREATER

Reality: When you plant a seed in the earth, you don’t know how that sprout grows, or whether it will grow at all.

Takeaway: Every sprout is a miracle. Every seed is just untapped potential, waiting to come to life. There is a little bit of faith that goes into each planting, which makes the act that much more significant.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Reality: Waiting for something to sprout can take time and a lot of patience. Some seeds take longer than others. 

Takeaway: Sometimes we can do everything right to give seeds what they need, but it’s not up to us to decide when they are ready to show themselves. Patience is key here. 

WITNESS SOMETHING FROM THE BEGINNING OF ITS LIFE

Reality: Daily watering, feeding, fertilizing, and pruning are just some of the tasks that go into maintaining a garden.

Takeaway: When that seed does finally sprout, it never fails to take my breath away. Watching a plant grow from a seed in your hand to a seedling to a bigger plant that produces fruit or blooms, then cultivating it as it continues through its life cycle is splendid indeed.

FAILURE IS A STEPPING STONE

Reality: Sometimes seeds don’t take and you have to keep trying again to grow something. Or maybe an animal may come and eat your plants, requiring you to start over.

Takeaway: Gardening teaches us that it’s okay to fail as long as we are trying, and trying again.

BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT NATURE PROVIDES FOR US—BEAUTY AND FOOD

Reality: Nature constantly provides us with the beauty of the earth in the form of flowers or edible plants.

Takeaway: It can be easy to take nature for granted when plants bloom from seed without a second thought. But when we take a moment to revel in the colors, take a deep breath, and truly marvel in the goodness of nature, do we feel truly blessed.


Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what life lessons have you learned?


8 Comments

  1. Everything that you have said about Gardening deeply resonates with me. I just absolute love anything and everything about gardening. It took the pandemic to make me actually realise how much I love it. It’s works like therapy and meditation for me. Just the whole experience of working the soil and connecting with Mother Earth with your bare hands is a powerful and healing experience. I encourage my children to work with me in the garden whenever possible ❤️❤️

  2. I can relate to this very much right now, with seedlings sprouting in my kitchen and a garden of vegetables and native plants in our side yard! I find that with gardening, consistency is very important, much like with raising kids! Plants need to be watered every day just like kids need consistency.

  3. Beautiful post! My garden brings me a lot of joy. I wish the slugs would quit eating certain plants, but that’s all part of it. I suppose you could say I’ve learned acceptance from gardening.

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