This quote, from the poet May Sarton's writings, is one that is often repeated and illustrated. It is a favorite of many, and certainly of mine as well:
"Help us to be always hopeful gardeners of spirit,
who know that without darkness
nothing comes to birth,
as without light,
You and I, might not be actual gardeners in the traditional sense, but we are all called to be gardeners of spirit - tending our own inner, delicate, souls.
Another famous writer and spiritual figure, John Henry Newman, wrote:
"Growth is the only evidence of life."
And still another, Francis de Sales, noted in the 17th century, that true growth is often a slow and hidden process.
What is to be learned from all this wisdom?
We are told that true growth - within and without - is often slow, and perhaps not noticeable to many outside of us. There are difficult and challenging experiences to be dealt with along the way. There are days of both light and darkness, as well as days of aridity and rain. And we also know that this slow growth is truly evidence of an effervescent life, waiting for its moment to burst forth and shine through.
So, do not be discouraged. Turn these lessons into some positive affirmations that you can repeat to yourself along the way, as reminders of your slow, hidden, but beautiful inner growth:
I am growing deeply, day by day.
My deep roots ground me firmly.
I grow slowly but continously, my branches reaching towards the sky.
Day by day, the sun and soil nourish me.
I am a unique blossom,
and I am a thing of beauty.
Be a spirit gardener and seed the earth with your beauty and uniqueness!
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olga rodriguez Rasmussen
Changing the world!