Life never fails to surprise me. It can be awe-inspiring and abundant one minute and challenging and chaotic the next.
This summer, the universe bestowed all of its diverse, infinite wisdom upon me in the form of a backyard garden.
I've always been drawn to the idea of nurturing another life form and receiving nature's gifts in return. I had always wanted a garden but let the fear that I wouldn't be able to do it "right" get in my way.
This year was different.
This year marked a major shift in my mindset. I began to dream about a luscious oasis, jam-packed with fruits and vegetables, spread across the garden in a rainbow of colors. While I wasn't sure how to accomplish this dream, I decided to go for it. I researched with magazines and websites. I started tilling the soil, adding compost, finding seeds that would do well in my climate zone. I created a foundation for my goal and got into the right mental state.
By the end of the growing season, I began to notice metaphors within nature that paralleled life. Here are a few lessons I plucked from my garden and am still carrying with me: