“Just know that it makes people very happy watching your garden grow.” :)

“Just know it makes people very happy watching your garden grow.”

Wow. This is how my neighbour finished our conversation this afternoon. I was just out by the veggie patch planting some new seedlings, when Jen came down to bring her washing in.

We had been talking about the veggie patch.. How cool it is in general (which it so flippin’ is!), how exciting it is to see the little plants emerge almost magically into bigger plants, and how exciting it is to see the little sprouts pop through just when you begin to doubt they are ever going to.. She also mentioned how nice it is to see it being done, when it is something she herself has been thinking about doing for ages.

I told her about how much of a novice I felt-just taking one step at a time and experimenting. How really it’s a big game of hit and miss. She continued to smile saying that that was the only way to learn, and that it’s the best way to do it! I agreed.

As I ponder this conversation, something strikes me! All this joy-the joy I have felt in tending to my veggie patch, and all the joy she has felt watching it develop-has all happened before even one vegetable matured enough to be consumed. Apart from some coriander and basil leaves here and there, we haven’t actually harvested anything yet! Isn’t that spectacular? It reminds me of life. Isn’t life about the journey, not the destination? Isn’t it cool to know that we can experience so much joy now as we ‘hit and miss’ our way to our harvest? Yes!

As Jen and I finished our conversation, the last thing she said to me before going inside was this: “Just know that it makes people very happy watching your garden grow.”

My heart expanded like a balloon as the words echoed into my heart.

“Yes,” I thought, as I considered my life, my ‘hits and misses’, my successes and my heartaches up until now, “It makes people very happy watching my garden grow.” 🙂

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