Unknown plant, full of seed potential for next Spring.
In October 2004 my husband's 96-year-old aunt died. Three days before we left for our life-affirming trip to Chile we attended a memorial and celebration of her life. I have known many people who professed strong religious beliefs of various kinds, but only a few who really lived their faith on a daily basis. This wonderful woman was one of them.
At the memorial there was a table containing some of her favorite things including several poems and inspirational selections that held meaning for her. Her daughter provided each of us with a copy of this piece written in her mother's handwriting. I copied it here from the internet and plan to incorporate it in my resolutions for 2005:
Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again." --author unknown--
The language reflects a previous era but the sentiments are worthy of practice. Though I do not consider myself religious in the sense that I believe in supernatural intervention in my life, I strive to be the best human being I can be and to do all I can to encourage and enable others to be the best human beings they can be. The above piece seems to me a possible plan for approaching such a challenging goal.