The other day I was teaching a unit on New Plants to a group of first graders. I thought of the many parables and parallels about life that were tucked in this lesson. It basically said that plants need air, water and space.
I thought about my own fascination with gardens. Those of us with a green thumb know that it all starts with a tiny seed that is deeply planted in fertilized soil. Yet, if properly nurtured, those tiny seeds grow into rows and rows of bountiful beauty.
Just like the plants, we also need plenty of air. One of the first recommendations of our physicians and metaphysicians is, “Get plenty of fresh air!” A breath of fresh air not only fills our lungs but it changes our thoughts. A brisk walk in the elements whether sun, rain or wind is a sure-fired method of solving a problem. A mental light bulb will invariably pop on and new perspectives are likely to emerge during a walk.
We need light too and the sun usually brings a smile to most of our faces. It is a welcome source that inspires us to enjoy daily living. If we have been sitting in the dark for too long, we realize what we have been missing once we open the blinds and pull back the curtains. That emitted light speedily brings us closer to better health. We can see that the glass is truly more full than empty.
And lastly, we definitely need space. When plants stop growing we pull them out of their old pots and see that they have become root-bound. The roots are all crowded together and there is no room for them to stretch their proverbial new wings. So, we get a larger pot and make room for the new growth.
We may feel the walls of constriction are closing in on us but it is usually a sign that it is time to move on up higher. Like the plants, we have been unconsciously growing. There is a saying that says, “Your growing is showing!” So, as the process dictates, we must move on to airy, light-filled, spacious places as we drink from even fresher fountains!
Lynn M. April 14, 2018