Even City Gardens Develop Deep Roots!
March 14th, 2012
On my way to work on a sunny, late-summer morning, I was sitting at a red light and saw something quite unusual growing in the front lawn of a city apartment building. People usually beautify their yards and homes with flowers, climbing vines and gnome sculptures – but not the town I live in. This home’s small front yard was filled with rows of corn! The stalks were at least six feet high and filled with growing ears of corn. As the reality of this front-yard bumper crop made its way into my view, I was reminded of the saying, “Bloom where you are planted!”
Years ago, I had that quote on a Mary Engelbreit calendar. I loved the quirky, colorful way Ms. Engelbreit encouraged the viewer to stand and thrive where they were placed.
There are a few things I think people need in order to “bloom where they are planted.” Obviously, they need food, water, shelter and health care. But in addition to these things, I think people also need the space to be their true selves, a community (even two or three folks) to encourage and support their growth and development, and a way for each individual to use their gifts to give back to the community they are abiding in.
For a little while now, I’ve been caught up in a ‘grass is greener’ point of view. I sometimes think life might be better somewhere else. Ultimately, this kind of thinking goes much deeper. The root of ‘grass is greener’ thinking, is when people wonder if who and what they already are is lacking. In light of this, it’s difficult to allow my roots to run deep. Part of the challenge is that I often have the feeling of not fitting in where I am. But when I looked at that corn garden, I realized I’m probably not alone in that feeling.
There is a great deal to learn from this unexpected city corn crop. Even though that small field of corn does not “fit” in the midst of my small city, it still thrived where it was planted. In order to bloom where you are planted, each person needs to stay more focused on growing and less focused on the place you happen to be growing.
This garden reminded me about an important key to finding happiness: growing where you are planted. In addition to growing where you are, the following guides may help you to grow where you are planted too!
1. Be your true self.
2. Gather people around you that support growth of the authentic self.
3. Use your unique gifts to then build into the authentic selves of those you come into contact with – wherever you may be!
Become like the unexpected corn field in the city. Stand tall and let your blooming presence be an encouragement to those who just happen to passing by. Your presence, gifts, and faithfulness are greatly needed in the human harvest of self expression and life!
Tara Lamont Eastman
B.L.O.G. Magazine Contributing Writer
Tara Lamont Eastman has been writing, drawing a creating since she was big enough to see over a church pew and doodle on attendance cards with a tiny pencil while sitting in church. Today, Tara works in youth and family ministry – is a teaching artist for a grass roots arts agency – and writes for the joy of it. Tara resides in South Western NY with her husband, two teenage children and dog. She is seldom seen without a notebook and pencil close by. The Image heading this article is entitled “Jesus Walks” and is a multi media piece created by the author. You can follower her on her blog. (Uphill Idealist) http://lamont-uphill.blogspot.com/