I need reminding.
Nothing is forever.
This is never more evident than in my garden – a deep repository for life’s important lessons. It takes a gardener like me time to learn the lessons offered. Is that why I keep being presented with the same lesson over and over? Because it takes ‘forever’ to learn?
The grasshoppers have been ravaging my plants. Everywhere I look there are half consumed leaves.
The hungry little critters ate the blossoms on my lemon tree too, diminishing hope of a good crop of lemons next season. If that’s not discouraging enough, some of my precious Hippeastrum Papillio bulbs have succumbed to the soggy conditions. Small losses, small disappointments in the greater scheme of things, but frustrating nevertheless.
Having a garden means coping with constant change. Some good and some less so. It’s funny how things appear just when you need them though.
Inspiration is no different.
This morning, a dear friend shared a quote with our circle, intending to lift the spirits of one among us who is coping with great change in her life. But like a ripple in a pond, the effects flowed on past her to all of us. As a consequence, I have resolved to see things differently.
The quote took me back to things I have lost in my life – important things – things I have grieved deeply for. I realised while I was focusing on all I had lost, I was failing to see the things I’ve gained. For although these ‘lost’ things are no longer mine, therefore temporary, I have experienced them, enjoyed them, grown through them, while they were mine. So it’s not the lost things themselves, the temporary things, but rather what comes from them. Those are the things to keep – those are the ‘forever’ things.
The shared quote:
Like a sandcastle, all is temporary
Build it, tend it, enjoy it
And when the time comes, let it go.
And another from a favourite poet of mine
Sunlight fell upon the wall; the wall received a borrowed splendour. Why set your heart on a piece of earth, O simple one? Seek out the source which shines forever. Rumi