February 25

HOPE MONTH: DAY 25: “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ― Audrey Hepburn

I have always loved this quote. I am a big Audrey fan anyway. But I see the optimism and hope in planting gardens.

I also see that there is a great deal of trust in the universe’s way of developing seeds in their own time and way that goes into gardening. I have to relinquish control of outcomes completely here. I put the soil together and keep it fed and watered. Then add the seed and continue to feed and water the soil and the seed.

Then let the weather be what it is. This year I am enjoying beautiful peas in February. Usually they are ready to eat in April or May. It is always changing because weather is so unpredictable. Lots of resilience needed to be a gardener. I am kind of a snob about it too because I don’t believe in buying plant starts like so many do who consider themselves gardeners.

I grow from seed, and that is just the most fun. Last year I replanted consistently in a lettuce bed that produces pretty well. One section produced rather poorly, but this year, all that seed has come up at once! Lots of baby plants to replant and spread out. Fun, but why? Not sure, it is how Nature works. I remain hopeful about it all, but a lot of acceptance is also needed. Gardening teaches SO much about life.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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