Gardening has taught me so much. Patience for one, the importance of good soil, and that in the end hard work has its rewards.
Like many of you hobbies enrich life. Tending a garden is certainly one that makes my days more delightful.
Whether it is a veggie patch or growing flowers there is a joy that comes in seeing something one has planted grow and thrive.
So it is with all areas of creativity...painting, writing, baking, making something with your hands, sewing, music, etc. The list is endless.
Not every creative endeavor leads to what we consider successful. For every plant I have grown well, there have been a huge number that did not flourish.
Early on it came to me if I was striving for perfection whether in the garden, art, baking, etc. disappointment would steal the enjoyment of doing. Yes, one is always happy when something turns out good but that is not what necessarily feeds our heart. It is the process, the engagement, the knowing that this is time well spent. What matters is not giving up. It is continuing to do that which one loves no matter whether it is turns out to be a success.
That is why I had to resow some squash seeds yesterday...the first ones planted didn't come up.
Here is to hoping these ones will :)!!
Have a great week.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galations 6:9 (NIV)