4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well

What if all you needed was the right mixture of water and sunshine to become the best possible version of yourself?

Gardening quickly became a favorite pastime during Covid, but it’s reminded me of interesting parallels between the lives of plants and humans.

Preparation and Details

While there are few overall ingredients, there are many ways to grow plants. Some require different soil mixtures. Some require more light, some require less. Some plants need lots of water, others barely any at all.

People are kind of like this. We all grow differently.

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Timing is Key

Certain plants need to be seeded at different times of year to maximize their potential. And on the other side, we must harvest our fields before they turn rotten. Like life, timing is everything.


When plants are well taken care of, they flourish. When they outgrow their vessels, they become stale and stop growing. The plant will need to be repotted or it will die. While the stakes are lower for most of us (self-actualization or death!?!), growing stagnant is a real danger to our progression. When our growth levels off, maybe we need to think about repotting too.

Daily Growth

It’s cliché AF, but mighty oaks spawn from humble acorns.

The problem is this process is slow. And we are impatient.

If we could see our daily growth as clearly as a sunflower’s, perhaps we’d all stay interested a little easier. Keeping track of our growth keeps us motivated. And just a tiny bit of motivation can lead to discipline.

So it’s simple: Prepare your garden, be patient until the time is right, plant your seeds, tend them well, and harvest the rewards. Or something like that.

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