Transformative Thursdays: The Garden of Life

As my son and I checked on our garden today, we found two cucumbers and two tomatoes still growing and waiting to eventually be picked. We also found a rotten watermelon and dead vines.  I’m reminded that even in a garden that can bring forth such delicious fruit and vegetables, it can also be a place of rotten or dead fruit or vegetables. 

Our lives are much like a garden. The goal is to have a beautiful garden that produces fruit but that requires work. It requires proper nourishment, the right conditions conducive to growth and time to allow the process to work. Without these things working together, the chances of having fruit and vegetables is pretty unlikely. 

Are you willing to give your garden the proper nourishment and conditions to grow? Perhaps you’ve already done that and are now waiting on the process to work. And even after all of this, there are sometimes that we can do all the right things and still not get a full harvest or the harvest we’re expecting. In our family garden, the cantaloupe never fully matured and the watermelon always rotted before they got big enough to pick. Sometimes, you just have to learn from the situation and try again. 

What does your garden of life say?

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach & business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. Her book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want”, is available on Amazon. She also produces a weekly Beyond Stuck podcast at

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