Thursday, April 11, 2019

While I barely have a "green thumb" and I'm certainly no Botanist, I know that plants are amazing. I worked part time as a landscaper one year and learned just a little bit. The two biggest things I learned is that healthy soil is vital. Much of my job was to loosen the soil with a fork (not a salad fork, a gardening fork), making it light and fluffy. This allows water, air and minerals to get in and keeps it alive with living organisms. The second thing I learned is that pruning encourages a plant to thrive. If you're doing it right, you won't ever need a store-bought plant-food product. In fact, that could be detrimental to the plant. The plant can get too big, too fast from using all of the nutrients available to it. What happens when you overeat? Like humans, a plant can get too heavy and not sustain its own weight.

It's an interesting observation to know that as humans, the same is true. If you give us the right amount of nutrients, environment and exercise (plants can't exercise in the way we do), we will thrive. But plants don't need bliss. Plants are happy looking up to the sun. You need interaction and fun and play and harmony. You need challenges and goals and experiences (in my opinion, experiences are so much better than things). If you are giving yourself all the right nutrients (food, water, health, friendships, happiness, wealth, experiences, dreams, goals and love) AND challenging yourself to thrive (we need pruning, too), then you will be growing in all the right ways. Like a plant, keep your integrity planted in the ground and let the goals and experiences become the sun.

Joel Yeast 

"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows." – Doug Larson