June 1, 2021
Food For Thought, Literally!
Last year, during the start of the pandemic I tried to start a garden. My grandfather had a farm, so it can’t be that hard, right? I am a novice at this, so I started with kale and Chinese cabbage. I didn’t take time to read a book or learn what each plant needed. I just tried. Guess what, I failed. Something, or someone else, enjoyed my kale. Hope the critters got the nutrients, it needed.
As for my Chinese cabbage, let’s just say the heat got to it. It only took one day of not watering and disaster stuck. But I can say, I enjoyed the process of planting something and seeing it grow. Yes, I failed, but that didn’t stop me from gardening.
In The Garden
So it’s now year two now in the pandemic. What have I learned? I learned to stick to what I enjoy and love. I love thyme, parsley, rosemary, cilantro, chives and various other herbs. It didn’t matter what others wanted to thought. It only mattered that I was happy and well.
Why did it work? It worked because I love herbs and spices. I’m still learning, but I am definitely enjoying my small garden work. There is a sense of accomplishment in starting a garden or growing herbs. It always helps to have a passion for something, or a hobby, which helps with wellness.
I’ve found substantial benefits of gardening and connecting with nature. Being outside has changed my perspective over the past year. Gardening has been a great stress reliever. Planting, smelling, and caring for a garden has a certain appeal. Being surrounded by vegetation just adds to the manageability of the pandemic. Take some time to slow down, get some fresh air, and strengthen your immune system. Be well my friends!
You may not have time for an all-inclusive vacation or all of life's comforts, but that doesn't mean you can't prioritize your health. Do not let stress take hold, remember you can't pour water from an empty cup. Keep connected and take care of yourself first my friend.