Nurturing Thursday 93

The preoccupation with being in other people’s gardens and tilling their soil and looking at what they’re creating keeps us off our purpose. We must learn to cultivate our own garden’  Dr Wayne W Dyer. 

My Secret Courtyard. 

I don’t know about anyone else but I find it all too easy to get sucked into the curious demands of 21st Century life ~ whether it be joining online campaigns against global injustice, having my say in local affairs or supporting the interests of  close family and friends. 

In the past my eagerness to be involved has led to burnout ~ which renders me quite useless and frustrated with myself. I’m learning to prioritise my time and respect my boundaries. It stands to reason that unless I do, I can’t expect anyone else to either. 

Given my enthusiasm for gardening, the above quote could have been written for me ~ encouraging me to allow others to get on with their lives, while I nurture my own ‘backyard’ and unearth my true purpose. I’ll let you know how I get on! 


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16 thoughts on “Nurturing Thursday 93

  1. Good for you for managing to put your boundaries in place, the challenge is keeping them there. There is just so much to experience in our lives isn’t there? I can never understand people who say they’re bored.

  2. Love this post, Jacqueline. You could have written it for me, because I came home from my cleaning job, then had a ham cob and a bowl of salad with a few cheeky chips on the side. After having a clean up in the kitchen I mixed up an orange and almond cake then ventured outside as it was so lovely here in the Midlands. I potted some blue cornflowers up into smaller pots. I know they’re blue as they come each year. Then did a bit of weeding, and collected some herbs – rosemary and bay leaves and lavender leaves for on the kitchen windowsill. Made me feel quite contented and the kitchen smells fresh, oh and I had a sample of the cake topped with flaked almonds, and it passed the yumshios test. xxx

    1. My goodness, Suzy, you are a veritable whirlwind compared to me ~ and you manage to create such beautiful and heartwarming stories as well. I’m inspired by your busy~ness and now that I’m beginning to regain my energy, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things once again. Your cake sounds delish ~ I’m experimenting baking without refined sugar, using dates and natural syrups instead. Take care not to overdo it, you do make me smile!! 🙂

  3. Yes, there is so much happening in today’s world that it can be a challenge to set priorities. Enough time in the garden is a good one!

    1. You’re right, Meg, it’s so easy to assume responsibility for too many things at once and be effective at very few of them. It’s very cold here at the moment but, as soon as the weather warms up, my garden will be a top priority! 🙂

    1. Thank you Brenda ~ it can sometimes feel counter~intuitive to allow others to fend for themselves but I’ve had to accept that I can’t carry the whole world on my shoulders, without caving in! Balance, as ever, is the key! 🙂

    1. I love the quote too, Joss and you’re right, the world would be a better place if we tended to our own needs, instead of spreading ourselves too thin and feeling resentful! 🙂

    1. Thank you David ~ this photo was taken a before the upheaval of the burst water main and I’ll have to do some work to restore it. But not yet ~ it’s way to chilly to potter about out there at the moment! Brrrr! Lots of Love and (((Hugs))) to you, dear man, to keep you cosy and warm! 🙂

  4. When a person is a natural giver it is difficult to sit back and allow others to do their own gardens, but to be able to give to others we must first give to ourselves. I hope you find peace in your garden.

    1. Exactly, Beverly, I’m learning to limit how much support I offer and take plenty of rest and ‘me time’ and my energy levels are slowly rising. It’s been a bit too cold and wet to do much outside lately ~ but the sun seems to be breaking through the clouds now and then, which is uplifting! 🙂

  5. The words of Wayne Dyer (BTW-one of the 1st books I read about personal growth) say a great deal.
    I tend to wear myself thin as I find it difficult to say ‘No’. I’ve changed that and don’t feel the guilt anymore.
    A wonderful nurutring reminding us to take care.
    Namaste 😎

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