Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paradise on Earth- Friday Philosophy

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
-Dale Carnegie


In the mornings, the blowzy bower is full full of all manner of butterflies and birds. Between the flowers and feeding stations- its as crowded as Disneyland during school vacation. I do not know how the little wild winged ones flutter about safely without air traffic control. 



All these roses do not make for  the most practical garden on the block. When I set out to have a garden, I didn't ask, "What is the most practical garden to have?" any more than I asked," Is Gerry the most practical man to marry?"

I have known couples whose union was formed  like a corporate merger, complete with listed assets. Time is not a friend to these unions. One or both partners exist for long spells between short bursts of excitement. Not always with each other.

While practical considerations need to be asked before planning for anything as important as a garden or a wedding, there is one question which must be asked, "Is this what I want to wake up every morning to?"

If you answer that you want to wake up to air scented by dew decanted with rose petals; edge your garden with roses. Then wake up to the delightful surprises you didn't know to anticipate. Such as while sipping that first cup of coffee as the sun rises- you learn to identify birds by their languages. Some sing, some chatter and some tisk-tisk tattle. For us defiant romantics,  an abundant garden is perfect. I need the garden as much as it needs me. It  makes it possible to be at work and on vacation on the same days. 

Summer is at its height. Some orioles still straggle about. When they are gone for the season- the joy they bring will be with us year-round- celebrated in this last section of the window. Soon to be finished and up.

How do you make your vision of paradise come true?

3 comments:

Oregon Sue said...

First of all, I love your commentary on butterflies, birds, and life. Secondly, your window is absolutely beautiful. I took a stained glass class once, years ago, and it was a blast. You are very talented and patient!

To answer your question... How I make my vision of paradise come true? I stop and "smell the roses" at every chance. I don't dwell on what "could be" I am content to appreciate what life and God has granted me. I take in the scenery around me and am thankful for it all, even though the grasses are all brown right at this moment. It's still beautiful. Also, I enjoy my friends and family and enjoy their happinesses.
Thanks for the opportunity to think about that! xo

Anonymous said...

L,

I don't know how I missed this blog. I was just re reading the one above, scanned down and found that I had missed this one.
I just wanted to say "ditto" to what Sue said! I couldn't have said it any better!

Hugs, Trisha

Lydia said...

You two are the BEST