Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Full Garden

July gardens are full and blooming and green. Ahhh. Summer.

It's also a time when less is more. Every plant is full, according to its wont. But in order to show each blooming plant off to best advantage, it's time to cut back its neighbors, which have finished blooming or which are scraggly or drooping.

Sort of like our mid-life. Finally, our house is full of beautiful things, but in order to make room for the next shiny new thing, we really should discard something. One by one, things go--children's books, stuffed animals, toys. Then the child leaves home, and it's time to send off bags of clothes to the thrift store. And slowly, slowly, we dispense with other knick-knacks and heirlooms. According to Feng Shui, this promotes better energy flow in the home. And it certainly feels like more breathing space.

Our gardens need more breathing space too. And we might take our lesson, finally, that less really is more. More time, more money in our wallet.

Slowly, we relinquish stuff, and perhaps begin to realize that it was really never really "ours" in the first place.

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