I’m house-sitting at present in the northernmost part of coastal New South Wales at beautiful Kingscliff. After last weekend’s wild weather, I did a reconnaissance of the courtyard garden I’m caring for while my daughter and her family are away. It has fared extremely well given the significant deluge. But then there is a sandy substratum here which allows for rapid drainage. Pot-plants didn’t fare quite so well. Small seedling trays were flooded and their seeds have been washed away into the ocean by now. I don’t hesitate to put into perspective this small loss compared to that of others in this extreme weather event: homes, cars and some even lost their lives.
I pondered the idea of sowing seeds. There’s such an element of faith involved. Faith and hope. So often I’ve planted seeds only to have them fail or not thrive the way I’d hoped. But I’ve never considered giving up. I have faith the next time, or the one after, I’ll have success.
It’s the same with ideas. As I walk around this lovely beach-side suburb with its carefully designed and tended gardens, ideas for my own courtyard garden clamour for attention. Not always in the same form as those I’m admiring, but these gardens inspire my ideas and ‘seed’ new ones for me. Seeking what works well in other people’s gardens sows the seeds of creativity which, when I think about it, contain that germ of trust; they need hope and faith to thrive.
How much of our lives are lived with an inherent faith that things will turn out the way we think they should; the way we hope? If I dig down to the substratum of my beliefs I find my faith is strong – I like to think I’m positive most of the time. An astute friend once remarked on my ability to ‘awful-ize’, to imagine like Henny-Penny that the sky was about to fall. Since then whenever the sky weighs dark and heavy, threatening to collapse, I’ve made a conscious effort to prop it up with one hand while clapping heartily with the other! Positivity is a choice for me, but one that needs to be constantly nurtured.
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.