Compound Beauty Part 1 of 2

I have a neighbor with a green thumb. Her garden is wonderful. It’s like the one in the film The Secret Garden, but in California. It’s full of flowers and trees like roses, maples and nasturtiums. With the flowers come humming birds, dragon flies and bumbles bees. It’s a beautiful place to just sit and be. Here’s what I’ve learnt from her style of gardening: Always be improving. Whenever she’s out in the garden she does a little weeding, clips a branch here and there, tames an unwieldy mint patch or waters a thirsty lemon tree. Maintaining her garden isn’t done once a week, it’s an ongoing labor of love. The result is a wonderful living and breathing sacred place.

It’s a good lesson for work and relationships. Always be clipping and making small improvements. Small improvements accumulate like compound interest – it starts to gain it’s own momentum. Next time you are mindlessly checking Facebook, stop and ask yourself a question: Instead of infinitely scrolling to nowhere, where could you be clipping, weeding or watering in your own life?

One thought on “Compound Beauty Part 1 of 2

  1. I really believe in this. I call it “The constant gardener”. Nature and life never stand still. I remember surfing at a river mouth in South Africa where the tides are notoriously strong. The local I was surfing with told me that to stay in position you have to be constantly paddling. If you stop, even for a few seconds, you slip away down the line. To get the best waves you have to be continually moving, just to stay in the same position. I never forgot that advice. It was no coincidence that he was the strongest paddler I had ever seen and also one of the most majestic surfers. I see echoes in your story today.

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