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Report From PIA – July 15

We often forget to walk around our lives with the expressed purpose of communicating love and gratitude. Daily life is busy, after all, and this landscape or these people must surely know that I love it/them, right?

If we turn that back on ourselves, however, we see that this is a rather negligent or lazy approach. You and I never tire of hearing that we’re appreciated, right? Isn’t it heart warming when someone goes out of his or her way to say that they appreciate who you are and what you do? So why do we put off delivering such expressions to others when we know how good it can make someone feel?

I took a simple walk around the garden today, making sure that I consciously expressed how much I loved this garden, those flowers, and the various insects and birds that were there. Even the slugs drew a nod of appreciation for their place in the grand scheme of things…although I admit that there was a minute or two that I was tempted to squash them. But I tried to simply be thankful for being a part of this rich environment,

Yesterday I got a one-line email from a dear friend who just expressed appreciation for who I am. What a gift it was to open this note. It reminded me that we all have the power to make others feel understood or valued and it doesn’t take much time or effort.

It isn’t difficult, nor does it take much time to express admiration and gratitude, be it for the surroundings or the people we’re interacting with. I suggest that we don’t do it often enough, in our gardens or to other people.

Thank you for being here, and for your interest in gardens. I’m so grateful that you’ve stopped by, and I look forward, as always, to hearing your thoughts.

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