It all depends on the way you look at things...as so aptly illustrated by the following story.
The author is unknown. I found this on the Pearls of Wisdom website @ www.sapphyr.net
One day, a rich father took his son on a trip out into the countryside, with the firm purpose of showing him how poor people can be.
They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they returned home from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"Very good Dad!"
"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.
"And what did you learn?"
The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden. They have a creek that has no end! We have imported lamps in the garden. They have the stars! Our patio reaches to the front yard. They have a whole horizon!"
When the son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!" his father was speechless.
|A simple collection of sticks and stones off set against the peeling bark of our Ulmus Parvifolia (Japanese elm). The grey spiky foliage of the air plant adds complementary colour and texture.
With this charming tale in mind, I thought I'd share with you a few of the priceless treasures and sources of personal pleasure afforded to me by my own garden. Most of us have access to so much beauty right under our noses, yet many of us spend a large portion of our lives frantically yearning and searching for bigger, better, brighter.
Paradoxically, seldom do we feel truly contented when we eventually attain these largely artificial sources of perceived satisfaction. The yearning returns and the chase starts all over again.
How much happier we'd be were we to look for the source of true contentment, often right before our eyes...again, paradoxically, if we'd only take the time, the precious time that is allocated to each of us for this lifetime, instead of squandering it in our desperate and wild pursuit of BIGGER, BETTER, BRIGHTER!
|This is the (zoomed in!) view we have from our top terrace, seating area (trees, sky, mountain - nature's free gifts, available to all who take the time to look).
|I love the way light reflects off the water bubbling in this urn and the gently soothing sound it makes. It's a favourite evening bathing spot for the tiny white eyes that visit our garden.
|My recumbant fuschia fairy in the greenhouse. She seems to have discovered true contentment.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
~ Saint Augustine (354-430) ~
|The potted Eureka lemon tree growing in my garden provides us with all the lemons we need. I enjoy the heady perfume of the blossoms and get to pick fresh lemons whenever I want.
|Yet another tiny basin of water, this is in my greenhouse and is currently the receptacle for these tiny, rooting, fuschia cuttings. It has a beauty all of its own.
|The contrasting leaf shapes in this small basin of water are nature's very own work of art.
|How often, in the daily busyness of life, do YOU look deeply into the heart of a simple flower growing in your garden? Such perfect beauty just waiting to reveal itself!
|One of my favourite pieces of driftwood. The peace-in-the-home planted recently is establishing itself very nicely in one of the time-worn hollows of the wood. What could be more captivating than this? A spider's paradise.
|I am drawn to the magic of reflections in both mirror and pools of water and have several instances of both throughout my garden ensuring a constant source of delightful enchantment.
|Again, regular readers of Driftwood Ramblings know by now how I value the bark and logs I use to add depth and richness to the character of my garden.
|Another of life's simple pleasures to me is being able to refill the bird feeders and then sit back and enjoy the birds that come dining in our garden. Could there be anything more priceless than that?
It behoves each of us to remember the following...
"Life moves in one direction only - and each day we are faced with an actual set of circumstances, not with what might have been, not with what we might have done, but with what is, and with where we are now - and from this point we must proceed; not from where we were, not from where we wish we were - but from where we are."
~ Richard L. Evans ~
|This is one of my favourite little water receptacles in the garden. It is small, yet manages to make a perfectly delightful statement.
|Newly potted impatiens and lobelia which will grow to fill this little decorative wooden wheelbarrow that I have standing on the lower terrace, seating area adjacent to my greenhouse.
"...run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way."
~ Nancye Sims ~