Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Gardening

I’m lucky that I’ve chosen a hobby that can teach me a lot. A lot of people would be amazed at just how many life lessons you can learn from gardening. I have a few I’d like to share with you today, but before we start, I just want you to know that you don’t need to be a gardener to appreciate these. Anyone can, if they’re a nurse or a firefighter or a salesperson. Here are some words of wisdom that I’ve collected from my gardening years.

Troubles in Life are Ongoing

This sounds like a negative, but I promise there is a positive as well. When I’m gardening, the weeds keep coming back. I will never be able to get rid of all of weeds and have them never return. I have to keep weeding my garden every week or so if I want it to be healthy and thriving. Our lives are much the same way! You’ll never reach a point in your life where you never need to stop maintaining and improving yourself. You will always need to keep busy learning, removing negativity, and fighting problems. I’ve learned that once you view life’s troubles as something that will keep on going, you will get less frustrated with individual problems. Now that’s just my take, and others may disagree, but I believe that viewing life as work is really helpful.

Instant Gratification is a Lie

Gardening is patience. There is no such thing as a gardener that is impatient AND a good gardener. You have to plant and water, and you won’t see any results for months at a time. Progress is very slow, but it is worth it in the end. There is nothing more satisfying to me than serving a dinner filled with things I’ve grown myself. Nothing worth having comes without work. It’s like cleaning your house; it will get dirty again, but you have to keep working at it to reap the benefits. A good quality cordless vacuum can help a lot too! But if someone promises “immediate results,” be careful: they’re probably trying to sell you something.

Personal Touches Really Work

I have to get my hands dirty when I garden. I’m not able to let machines or computers do all the work for me. My garden would not thrive the way it does if I didn’t help it along. The lesson here is that doing your own work, making sure that something you’re doing is PERSONALLY done by you, really sets you apart from the competition. Since I get my hands dirty, I have a personal stake in how my garden looks and feels. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. All too often we want to delegate tasks, which may be a good thing sometimes. But often, the best way to do something well is to personally attend to it. This is true of gardening and life; and people who take this lesson to heart will go far!