Gardens are about waiting and about hope as much as they are about anything.
You wait for spring to come and for roses to bud out and for the earth to green up again. You wait for seeds to germinate and irises to spread. You wait for the dogwoods to turn white and pink and for the maple to go golden in the fall. And all the while you hold a vision of some new thing in your head, of what the garden will be someday.
You cannot hurry it along, not any of it. Spring comes when it comes; roses bloom when they will; the garden grows at its own sweet pace. What it teaches you is to wait, to be patient, and to pay attention.
Some morning the sun will rise, and something you have always dreamed of will come true.
Excerpted from Digging In: Tending to Life in Your Own Backyard by Robert Benson
Daily Reflection: What are you waiting and hoping for in your life right now?