The holidays have come and gone in the usual, predictable blur of anticipation and busyness. The turkey has been carved, picked clean of its meat, its carcass turned into hearty soup. In most homes, the tree has been dismantled, the decorations disassembled, and visiting family has returned home. Christmas has been put away for another year.
Our thoughts turn to the new year — a new decade — and the changes we hope to see, the promises we make to ourselves. Resolutions. I’ve never been one to make hard and fast rules for a new year, such as vowing to lose “x” amount of pounds before this year ends or to see “x” amount of dollars in a savings account. Those literal pledges are easily made…and just as easily broken.
But a new year does hold promise. Another chance to get it right, as Oprah would put it. There are always things about our lives that we’d like to change; new things we’d like to try; old things we’d like to improve upon. And I turn to the garden, in my mind’s eye, to illustrate some of the things I want to work on.
Try to be more patient. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve always been a somewhat impatient person, one who loathes tardiness and detests waiting. I’m going to work on that little quirk and try to “adopt the pace of Nature”. The garden teaches patience as we watch tiny seeds grow to seedlings, then to fledgling plants, and finally to mature bloom. We never speak to the garden with impatience (with the possible exception of jodi, yelling at the goutweed!) but instead, take joy in watching the progress of growth. I will endeavour to do the same.
Be more daring; take more risks. “What is more mortifying than to feel you’ve missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” – Logan Pearsall Smith 2010 will find Charlie and I shaking the tree pretty hard! At the end of January/first of February, we’ll be assuming the position of Superintendents of our 24-unit apartment building. Not only is this an interesting challenge and a financial shot in the arm, but we will also be moving into an apartment on the ground floor that has a lovely deck, better view, and much more room for gardening. I’m sure there will be headaches along the way, but right now, I’m very excited about the move and the new possibilities, as well as looking forward to doing some landscaping and creating new gardening space.
Overcome fear; behold wonder. “The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.” – Sylvia Browne This is simply a reminder to myself to not let anything stand in the way of doing the things I long to do, and also, to take time always to behold the wonder of the world around me. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often forget. So, I will make an effort to “rip those weeds out and call them by name”, then toss them in that virtual compost where all unfounded fears should go.
Bloom where you’re planted. Always a favourite sentiment, though its source is a mystery. But it is a wonderful reminder to all of us as we enter a new year — do be the best you can, with what you’ve got, no matter where you are.
May 2010 bring good health, prosperity, much happiness, and an abundance of blooms to each and every one of you!