If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

An Instrument of Grace

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
May Sarton

My backyard gardens are trying to tell me something.

Although my eggplant and peppers continue to produce with very little encouragement from me,

the cream pea patch completed its production over a month ago

and the okra is only a distant memory.

I have had good intentions.  The two barren plots will be filled with broccoli plants and collard greens (can you tell I live in the South?) as soon as possible.

But today consists of visiting classrooms, grading online assignments and facilitating a workshop.

My plan for the rest of the week–plunging my hands in the dirt and spending time with Mother Nature.

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Comments on: "An Instrument of Grace" (2)

  1. fransiweinstein said:

    Gardening is good for the soul. Enjoy.

  2. In one of his essays – can’t remember which – Emerson started to use a garden analogy for cultivating some kind of virtue, and then made an apology for the state of his own real-life garden. Relax. You are cultivating brocolli and children. Joy and fulfilment to you in both! Perfection not required!

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