Spring – a time for new growth

Spring is in the air. Spring, as we all know, is a time for new growth after a long time of dormancy.

Speaking of growth, I came across this wonderful statement from Helen Keller on personal growth which is a reminder that while the external fruitfulness of growth is often beautiful, the internal change process is better because it is so very brutal.  It is often, well, quite like I imagine hell might be like (I define a hell as a sense of separation from God, and this is only known by its opposite, of course, which is a sense of an immediate closeness to God).

She said,

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only in experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

I like to garden because it is hard work.  It’s not something that I like to do out of anything but spite, really.  It’s proving it to myself and those stinking plants that in the end, I am going to win in this battle of wills and they 1)will not die and 2)they will yield something pretty, come heck or high water.   When at the end of the season there is something to show for it it’s a sweet sweet feeling, but the results only last at most for a few days.  It’s fleeting.  It is hard-won, but not everlasting.  Change, though – real change – that’s something even sweeter.

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