While I was gardening

The art of gardening and the science of life.

July Theme: Water

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Recently, I’ve been waking in the early morning hours, usually between 3 – 4 a.m.  A pleasant quiet fills the room – as perceptible as the soft quiet created by early morning snowfall.  Unusually quiet.  Quiet enough to wake someone from a deep sleep, quiet enough to realize the raccoon is sitting in the deck fountain again.

Have you noticed similarities between water and happiness?  Both have multiple states – water manifests in ice, liquid, or gas; happiness shows in laughter, smiles, or touch.  Both exhibit energy through movement – both flow through, around, under, and over obstacles.  Both are essential ingredients for life and both help sustain energy.  Both are described using verbs; waves, flow, drops, or floods.  Both erode other substances or states – water breaks rock into minerals and happiness dissolves sadness into dust.  And both offer relief from harmful conditions; water offers relief from drought and happiness offers relief from depression.

I offer water to the creatures who share my garden; I offer happiness to the people who share my life.

All other offerings flow from both.


Author: dphare2014

Horticulturist, Lead Steward Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens, Author

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