© Rhoberta Shaler, PhD

This spring, my imagination was captured when I read the words of George Matthew Adams who wrote,

"It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives to us character and prestige. Seeds of kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade out. We are all sowers of seeds--and let us never forget it."

Using that idea of your life as a garden, what kind of a gardener are you? Are you patient, thoughtful and nurturing? Are you looking for blossoms the day after you plant the seeds?

There is a natural cycle to gardening--planning, soil preparation, seed planting, nourishing, nurturing, weeding, waiting--and then the blossoms or harvest. Gardening involves an

investment of thought, time and energy. The same is true with your life, isn't it?

Thoughtful "seed selection" creates the in the beauty of the garden. If you just threw handfuls of seeds randomly over the soil and called it done, you could not expect any order. If you planted late and neglected to water, you could not expect much of a harvest. The best gardens, the ones you enjoy looking at in coffee table books, have been a careful life's work, haven't they?

What are you growing?

  • Have you taken some quiet time, the "winter", to plan?
  • Have you looked at all the catalogues and decided what brings you pleasure?
  • Have you taken the time to learn about the varieties and what they need to sustain them?

You need to ask yourself if you are willing to give them what they need in order to make them grow.
What kind of maintenance schedule are you willing to devote your time to?

A garden needs weekly care at a minimum. Is the garden enough of a source of joy to you to spend the time? Would you like it to be?

Spend some time with your "seed catalogue". Describe your perfect garden. What would be the maintenance schedule? What will you plant first? Put the big trees in your garden first, then plan and plant around them. Those big trees are the one that give the large sustaining roots, and, the shade, peace and longevity to your garden. Plant thoughtfully.

Sow Peace™

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
Founder of Sow Peace™
Helping to to sow peace through communication & collaboration


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