Sweet harvest.

by Jan on September 7, 2011

“Whether you tend a garden or not, you are the gardener of your own being, the seed of your destiny.” ~ The Findhorn Community

The Giving Tree Cover image

Cover art, 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Siverstein

I’ve waited all year for fresh corn roasted with butter, soft fuzzy peaches, the taste of crispy, sweet-tart apples and ripe red tomatoes – their juiciness running down our chins.

This is when nature gives its bounty and we receive.  Fruits and vegetables are plump and everything is tasty and good, grown from the seeds of tender caring.

Sometimes (often) we have an abundance of zucchini, a bountiful crop! But, sometimes what we planted doesn’t come to fruition. My friend, Marlis, grew gorgeously large tomato plants, with no tomatoes!

This is true in life as well.

Whether you have a good crop or a modest harvest this year, it is still a time of gratitude, reflection and preparation for the new.

Each season we lay seeds in hope, with no guarantee that our efforts will blossom, or bear fruit. All we can do is till the soil, plant the seeds, weed the garden — do our best to nurture along the way. And, when the bounty comes, it’s our job to receive nature’s gift with open arms and even more gratitude.

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

~  Henry David Thoreau