“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong… Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Like the creative artists we are, we have a choice about how we create our world.
Gardens contain a mixture of flowers and weeds.
We can get excited or upset about the number of weeds in our garden and in the gardens of the world. We may wish that there never were any weeds. Instead, consider giving the flowers in the garden our attention. Give them the water.
Focusing on the flowers does not mean we are ignoring the weeds. Instead, we are choosing to put our energy into creating a world which is healthy, wholesome, and brings us and others happiness.
7 thoughts on “Watering the flowers”
Beautiful post: great quote (Thich Nhat Hanh is such a wise teacher of peace!), great picture and great thought!!! Thank you 🙂
We’re all blooming, all the time. We just need to heighten our awareness of all that is, in abundance. 🙂
weeds can have beautiful flowers, too.
Thank you, Frédéric. Yes, I enjoy his teachings, too.
Thank you, Eric, for your words.
Yes, with more awareness and mindfulness, we can notice that we actually in resplendent abundance.
Yes, and you raise a good point. Even agreeing on what is and what is not a weed varies from gardener to gardener.
I like the poem you have on your blog about that, the one by Veronica Shoffstall.
These lines especially speak to me : ” plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
It’s the fruit of our actions that serve us which we can notice and appreciate. Even “mistakes” can serve us, giving us more to learn from and in turn appreciating.
I’m with you….I choose to create a world in which there is beauty and wonder. Those pesky little weeds? I admire their amazing structure, pull them, then bless their transformation as they fly to my compost pile.