Monday, October 3, 2011

The Secret Garden

This is a series I am doing for the month of October. If you are new, you can start HERE.
Day 3

Thoughts on Joy:

Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness]—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Bloom Where You are Planted. I've never been a huge fan of this little adage, but something kind of interesting happened to me. I fell asleep and had a nap today (no, that's not the interesting part) and while I was napping I had a dream. 

In my dream I was gardening. I was unhappy with my garden so I started moving all the plants around. I uprooted shade loving plants and placed them in full sun. I moved the plants from the sunny part of my garden to the shade and generally just changed everything around. And then, everything wilted and withered and died. What had been green and vibrant and lush became sad and brown and crunchy. 

In my semi-conscious mind as I started waking, understanding began to dawn on me. Heavenly Father has put me in the exact place where He knows that  I need to be to grow--the perfect spot of ground for me to thrive. He has blessed me abundantly and everything I need for my secret garden to flourish is available to me--"love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits..." I just have to choose to recognize it and to remember that He is the Master Gardener

When I do that--when I allow myself to be pruned and cultivated by His loving and tender hands, when I recognize that I am where I need to be and that I have all that I need, when I nurture my own positive thoughts and gratitude, then, I not only grow, I blossom into something magnificent. And I have joy. 

Let's take a minute on our journey to stop and smell the roses.

Today I Found Joy in My Journey:
--Snugging into my warm and comfortable bed in the chill of the morning after sleeping with the windows open last night.
--By baking banana bread. And by eating it. Yum.
--When I went on a quick picture taking expedition with my son to take the secret garden picture above. I love photography and though I am an amateur, it is so fulfilling to me.
--When my four year old reached out to hold my hand and smilingly looked up at me while we were walking.
--As I watched my seven year old make new friends this afternoon.

 What brought you joy today?
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Melanie said...

Beautiful! Love your topic and this post is beautiful!!! Thank you.

I blog at "Only a Breath" and would love for you to stop by if you have time! I'm writing about "31 Days to Love Your Neighbor". It has been a very interesting journey to say the least! :)

Have a great day!

runningfan said...

I love your dream! I always think about Jacob 5 when I am gardening. So many great analogies for life and living are there.

I'm working on my own post for today...

Michele said...

Enjoyed this post very, very much - and we find joy in similar gifts - our children and warm beds with open windows (love this time of year). What brought me the greatest joy today was 1) My youngest son cracking up at the breakfast table over Snoopy and Charlie Brown. 2)Smelling the Rosemary bush on the way to the library. 3) Babysitting an almost 3 year old and almost 1 year old (I have watched him since two months of age, oh the joy). 4) Reading to my children before bed. 5) A smile from my husband that let me know I'm loved.

xoxo michele

Emily Moffat said...

Your seven year old is eight! And your four year old is five! They're growing so fast!

I love that picture. Well done indeed. :)

Jessica said...

Mm, banana bread!

I found joy in watching my daughter play with my grandparents. I have fond memories of my great-grandmas, so it's nice for my daughter to have the same thing.

Andrea Brand . Charcoal and Crayons said...

Such a lovely post... gave me tingles.