The Garden – From Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird

“The garden is among the two excellent metaphors for humankind. The garden has to do with life and beauty and the impermanence of all living things. The garden relates to feeding your children, providing food for individuals. It comes from an immediate territorial drive that we can most likely trace back to animals keeping food. It’s a competitive screen mechanism, like having a reward bull, this greed for the absolute best tomatoes and English tea roses. It has to do with winning; about providing society with remarkable things; and about showing that you have taste, and great worths, and you make every effort.

And what a terrific relief, sometimes, to comprehend who the opponent is. Due to the truth that in the garden, the enemy is everything: the aphids, the weather condition, time. And so you put yourself into it, care a lot, and see up close a lot birth, and development, and appeal, and threat, and accomplishment. And then whatever dies anyways, right? But you merely keep doing it.”

(From Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

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