“A Garden For Daily Living” – An Inspiring and Clever Poem to Help You Through This Challenging Time

My mother and I wearing, in our garden, wearing our “Mother-Daughter” dresses, my mother made in 1948

Nature and Nurture

My Blue Brain is happily watching the nature’s beautifully peaceful snow-fall. I know the moisture will nurture our gardens, flowers, bushes, and trees to keep them healthy for their springtime transition and change.

New Beginnings

As our new year and our new United States presidential administration begins, I thought about what each of us can begin to nurture ourselves, families, colleagues, and communities through this challenging time of transition and change.

Brain Colors and Change

Each of us handles transitions and change differently because of our Brain Colors.  Yellow Brainers have to plan for change. Blue Brainers trust their intuition to change. Green Brainers have to strategize how they will change. Lastly, Orange Brainers always love change and are change agents.

I am Blue Brain who looks forward to Mother Nature’s seasonal changes in my my garden.
I also love the photo of my mother and I in our garden, in 1948. The photo above is one of my favorite childhood photos. Working in our garden with my mother and father is one of my favorite childhood memories!

An Inspiring and Clever Poem

Below is an anonymous poem that I have found to be inspiring and clever. It has been helping me through this challenging time of transition and change, on so many level in my life, family, community, country, and the world.

Plant three rows of peas:
Peas of mind
Peas of heart
Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed
Turnip to help one another
Turnip the music and dance

To enjoy our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves

Water freely with patience and
Cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden
Because you reap what you sow.

Closing Thought

Think about how you nurture your personal garden to deal with the challenges of change and transition. Feel free to share this blog post with others! 



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  1. Jean on January 20, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Love this. First time a veggie poem looked delicious to me.

    • sheila on January 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Dear Jean,
      I am glad you liked the poem. Yes, it is a delicious way of looking at a healthy life! Take care: stay warm and safe!

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