It’s that time of year when I look for lessons from my garden…

My garden teaches me to give things time to grow and mature. Some years ago, I found an interesting little bush growing along the fence. I thought I should pull this volunteer, but it was pretty, so I decided to give it time to show itself…  a week ago I was surprised to see that little bush, now a small tree, in full bloom, covered with lovely pink flowers. A visit to a local nursery proved that I had a crabapple tree in my garden – and that is was worth almost $100.  I’m so glad I gave it time to grow! It makes a beautiful addition to the back garden.

Patience and time do more than strength or passion. Jean de La Fontaine

Giving things time – patience – and taking time are the key lessons coming from the garden this year …… I am planning some changes in the back gardens… the big old maples in the backyard make growing grass a huge challenge, so we’re giving in to nature… we’ll fill in some of the empty spaces with ground covers and dig up some large sections of the patchy grass for a hosta garden…… but this is a big project, I need to think on it, to take it in baby steps and since we are on a limited budget,  I am taking my time about getting started…

In today’s one-touch world, we are not accustomed to giving things time… we have been conditioned, especially in recent years, to expect instant gratification of our wants and needs…

But that instant satisfaction isn’t always possible – or even desirable… Clients are often disappointed when I tell them they need to give a relationship time to develop, or that they need to give themselves time to heal before looking for that next love… when I tell them it might be as much or two or three years before that special someone appears, the usual reaction is “oh, no that’s such a long time to wait.”  But time flies when you are having fun… there are a lot of ways to make those years rich in experience, to use the time productively…

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience. – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

The same principles apply when starting a career or a new business, or any new project… We need to give ourselves time to grow and mature in our new roles… we need to “pay our dues,” to gain the experience and add depth to our knowledge base… If we are willing to give ourselves time and patience, success will come naturally, at the perfect time.

Here are some interesting quotes to get you thinking about taking time…

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. – Mark Twain

Time heals what reason cannot.  ~ Seneca

Time is the great physician. – Benjamin Disraeli, Endymion

Time is a face on the water. – Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.” – Lao Tzu, O Magazine, Jan. 2007

And one of my favourites: Among life’s regrets is all the time wasted being early for everything.  – Robert Brault,

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