Okay, so I missed three days. Bugger. But it’s nothing to freak out about. I have learnt over the years things just have to happen in their own time. Sometimes, life has other plans for you and you just have to stop, relax, smell the roses, and enjoy their scent. If you are anxious over the things that don’t get done “just right” you might miss the beauty and delights the world has to offer. So with that in mind, instead of skipping the three posts to “catch up”, I’m going to continue in order and write about the number 4 prompt, which is “Garden”. It may take me a thousand days to get the 365 posts done, but that’s okay.
So, in my explanation I mentioned garden-type things, which was very accidental but wonderfully appropriate.
There are some wonderful quotes about gardens. These are my favourites:
This first quote is from the wonderfully talented actor Jim Carrey, who at first mention brings hilarity to mind, but with this quote he shows another side of himself. This quote says to me that if you think of yourself as a flower, don’t worry so much about your path- do what feels natural and right for you and you will find your way. And apparently you’ll be beautiful while doing it.
This next quote is pretty obvious (to me) in how it can relate to people. We are all people on the same planet. Just like a lily in a field of tulips, someone who is different is still a flower in a field of flowers. This quote reminds me of how we live in a very globally-active and centered world, where what happen in one place can directly impact another, where what happens in the north is known by the south almost instantly, yet we still do not know how to treat each other as equals, as all part of the same species. We are still massively separated, judged, and dehumanised by our differences…maybe one day we will all support each other in this one global garden we call earth.
This quote is from Audrey Hepburn, who, by the way, happens to have credited to her some of the best quotes of all time. This one in particular I find very life-affirming. To me this says you can find life and hope in the most simple of things. It is true: if you plant something, believe that it can grow, you are affirming in life, you believe in tomorrow. I like that.
This one has a nice simple, biblical feel to it. Life began in a garden. So simple. It’s not just talking about the Genesis version though, even if you want to “big-bang-theory” this quote, you can. After the big bang, after life began to germinate, eventually there was some kind of grassy land mass. There’s your garden. Right now, this quote also reminds me of “from little things big things grow”. Relate it to life, relate it to going after your dreams- everything starts with a little seed, a little life, and with the right nurturing, it can take you anywhere.
My final quote for this evening is a kind of mash up. An original of this was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in his poem “The Rainy Day” in which he writes “Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,”
From there it has been adapted into other poems and songs (lyrical poem perhaps?), I even saw something on the internet that attributed it to Rumi. Who knows. Anyway, this version substitutes the word “life” for “garden”, and I for one love how the use of either word still fits perfectly, the message is clear either way. Sometimes in life, times may seem tough, dry, withering, and sometimes when the rain comes, it is a storm that feels as if it may wash us away, but we need the rain in our lives. The rain cleanses. Even though it may feel like a flood, a storm, it is essential, that in every life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes the rain helps us to be grateful we survived, sometimes it helps us be thankful for our lives, sometimes when we come out the other side, we realise the rain has given us strength to grow.
These are some things I think of when I think of the word garden. I hope you enjoyed today’s writing prompt, as much as I have had writing it!
The next prompt: Imagination.