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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 24

At this time of year gardeners are either applauding spring or looking forward to the growing season…they’re already rejoicing or anticipating that celebration. Yes, we’re facing a great deal of work, but it’s work that feeds a persons very center.

Today I found a postcard that brought this all to mind. The front contains a quote attributed to Carlos Castaneda: Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question: “Does this path have a heart?”

This is good advice for the beginning of any of life’s journeys, of course, but particularly appropriate for something that requires effort. If you’ll be putting time, energy and determination into an activity, you want to know that it’s a worthy endeavor.

Whether the undertaking is commenced for money, beauty, fun, compassion or something else may be important, but perhaps even more significant is whether it will satisfy our very core or spirit.

As I prepare for the coming season and I ask myself the question that Castaneda poses, I can respond unstintingly: Yes. Gardening is a path with heart.

A path with heart.

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