A garden is one of the great metaphors of humanity. Metaphors are great because they help explain the unknown in terms of something known. When I think of a garden, it makes me think of beautiful flowers or growing vegetables to feed your children; the sustenance of life. A garden can also be a display of competitiveness…Beth has the best tea roses and John has killer tomatoes! People’s gardens also have many adversaries – bugs, weather and time.
Historically I really am terrible at keeping plants alive…in the yard or in pots. (So I must admit that I have developed a preference for fresh cut flowers from the store.) I admire those that take the time to tend to their private gardens, and the skill to train plants by studying the trees, flowers and vines.
My point in all this is that we need to remember to tend to our health as we would a private garden. It takes a lot of work and perseverance, but the reward is well worth it.