I recently heard “You can’t plant a 100-year-old oak tree because seeds of change take time”. That saying connects to my last post where I referred to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings & endings, who had two faces- one looking to the past & one looking to the future. The perfect guy to inspire “January”… the month of reflecting while facing a new year. Hmmm, perhaps my name should be Janice as I, too, spend time learning from my past & trying to improve my future… (sometimes to the detriment of enjoying the present).
Don’t get me wrong; I’m wholeheartedly grateful for the many blessings in my life… there are so many! But I want to continue to grow… which takes us back to the “seeds of change” metaphor. Seeds need nurtured with patience & tender loving care. In other words, good things just take time. I think back on skills I’ve mastered like drawing & organic gardening. I was patient with myself & kept trying (even as I made many mistakes). I also think back on the seeds I didn’t cultivate like being fluent in a second language & learning to dance. We have to be patient & persevere as we decide what to plant & how best to tend it. It will pay off as we watch our seeds grow into saplings then mighty oaks.
With 2012 fast approaching, ask yourself what seeds do you want to plant? What do you want to cultivate in your life? I hope to nurture my important relationships, adopt a rescue dog who needs love as much as I need to give it, & spend more time doing the things I enjoy. I look forward to sharing more artwork with you as well as news about a womans’ spirituality workshop I’m leading for the first time this spring. We are, at once, the gardener tending the seed & the seed itself. May your roots hold you close to the earth while you reach for the sky.