Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Garden

The GardenWe all have our own little garden. It is yours, and yours alone. Every bit is untouchable by anyone other than you. You oversee every plant, every spec of soil. It is all yours. And like every garden, you start with soil. But this soil is no normal soil. It is the perfect soil. Rich in nutrients, minerals, carbon, nitrogen, etc. The Earth is rich and light, capable of supporting all kinds of plantlife. From roses to trees, to shrubs and bushes, to hops and sugar cane, the soil is truly magnificient. But what is a garden that is made of only soil? The next step requires seeds. And where do you get those seeds? Why, they are all around you. Acorns. The breeze carries spores and seeds designed to float on wind, and little animals carry seeds on their fur. Even the gardens of other people have excess seeds that are free for the taking. The seeds leave their gardens, and travel to yours. But, even as you are given all the seeds in the world, and the most magnificent soil ever to grace Earth, it is you that has to plant the seeds. This is YOUR garden, and nobody can touch it. This also means that nobody can plant your seeds for you. There is nobody you can hire, there is nobody you can go to, there is nobody that can touch your garden, but you. Each seed, however, must be planted with care. It must get attention, and a generous amount of water. Space is not a problem, as you get as much room as you require. But, you cannot plant too many seeds too close together. They will compete for space, and as a result, suffer. But just because seeds have been planted and watered does not mean that the job is over. Plants require constant attention, examination and care. Certain plants need to be trimmed, so that they can grow. Other plants need to be cut away, or moved after certain periods of time. This is an around-the-clock job, and you cannot focus just on one plant. But the most important thing, is that plants require one more resource: time. Plants do not sprout and grow instantly. They require time to properly grow and flourish.However, planting and caring for your plants are not your only tasks. Your garden requires you to be a security guard as well, removing harmful weeds or other parasitic entities. Weeds compete with your plants for space and resources, and must be dealt with. You can get in there and weed by hand, or you can purchace weed-killer. However, if you use too much weed-killer, or the wrong type, you risk killing your plants you've worked so hard on. And pulling those weeds may not work either, because you may only just get the top of the weed, while the roots are flourishing just underneath. But just because something is living in your garden, does not make it bad. Of course, creatures like mice and rodents will eat your plants, causing them harm. But other creatures, like cats, are beneficial. Cats will eat the rodents, and not your plants. Worms will make the soil more rich and light. And butterflies, well they do nothing for your garden except make it look nicer. And the most important thing to remember, is that creatures may come and go, but your garden will always be whatever you want it to be. The seeds you plant and care for are the only ones that will fourish. You can grow whatever you like. Watermelons. Fruit. Grapes. Hops. But the most important thing to remember, is that other people have gardens too. In fact, they are in plain sight. You can just look over your fence, and see what your neighbor bob is doing with his garden. And sure, you can go over and chat with him. See what he does different than you, see what works for him. And you can try these new techniuqes you picked up from bob, to see if they help your garden flourish. But then, there are some people who think they can make your garden flourish, or they know the only way to make your garden flourish. The most important thing to remember, is that they have gardens of their own, and you are only responsible for your garden, and they are only responsible for theirs. But instead of taking everything to heart, and trying to make their method work, find methods that work for you, because remember, they could be planting fake plants while you aren't looking.

Something else to watch out for, is worrying about leaving your garden, or worrying about what will happen when you leave your garden. Is there someone else out there who will care for us when we have no more soil to work in? These are not questions you should concern yourself with. We all are destined to leave our magnificient garden behind at one point or another. But worrying about what comes after our garden leaves less time for making it beautiful now. There are roses you could be planting, or trees to be watering. And sure, there are forces that happen outside of your garden. Storms, rain, hurricanes. These all pay a vital role. Some are beneficial, while others are negative. But your garden is never destroyed. The soil is never removed, or poisoned. You can always replant the plants. It just takes time and effort.

But, by far, the worst thing you can have is envy. Wanting another person's garden. Seeing their beautiful roses, and wanting some of your own. Sure, you can aquire the seeds, sure you can do the work. Sure, you can breed better, bigger, and more beautiful roses than your neighbor. But if you really stop to think about it, what have you created? You can be proud of your work, sure. But if you really stop to think, those roses cannot be eaten. If that person were to leave her garden, you would be left with what, bright roses?

But, there is also one more thing to remember: you can eat the fruit of another person's labor, but that makes you dependant on them for food. A better alternative is to aquire the seeds for growing your own fruit. Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.

I've just given you the seeds.

Now go plant your garden.

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