Builders and Gardeners

The garden is continually blessed with people who desire to make a difference in their community. I meet people from many walks of life that I may have never encountered if not for the garden. They bring with them their own unique set of gifts, and most often they further open my mind and heart to the diversity that life has to offer. These people give in their own unique way with the resources they have.

One particular gentleman donated countless of hours to manage the building of our fence and shed during our uncharacteristically hot summer. He was a gift to the garden and continues to grace me with his presence and insights on life. Recently, he recommended a book by the famous Paulo Coelho that makes reference to gardeners. This quote helps put words to the feelings I have for the many that bless our garden with their giving nature.

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“In life, each person can take one of two attitudes: two build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.
Gardener’s always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.”

– An excerpt from “Brida”, a novel by Paulo Coelho

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