Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
As I've been sifting through my great collections of quotes this month, looking for those that inspire thoughts of gratitude, I found the one above by Marcel Proust. This quote resonates with me, in particular. Not just because of the gardener allegory (although, of course, that definitely caught my attention), but because I really like the idea of . . . souls blossoming!
The quote got me thinking . . . about what is it, exactly, that makes a flower garden blossom. Good roots, healthy plants, rich soil, enough water, sunshine and light, careful tending by dedicated gardeners. And . . . a fair bit of luck and serendipity, mixed with some plain old resilience! (Because gardens can surprise us by blossoming through neglect, too.)
It really is like that with our "soul gardens," too . . . isn't it? It seems that soul gardens blossom in much the same way. Good roots, healthy plants, rich soil, enough water, sunshine and light, careful tending by dedicated gardeners. And . . . a fair bit of luck and serendiptiy, mixed with some plain old resilience! (Because souls can surprise us by blossing through neglect, too.)
So, today, think about the "gardeners" in your own life . . . those who make your soul blossom. The folks who help you put down roots. Those who amend the soil so those roots can take hold and grow strong. The people who provide beams of light and drinks of water just when you need them most.
Today . . . be grateful . . . for the gardeners in your life.
(And, conversely, remember that YOU are a gardener, too! You never know when you might be a ray of sunshine or a drop of water . . . coaxing another bloom from someone's soul.)