The amazing thing about these tulips was the extent to which they responded to the warmth of the sun. My friend Sheila once told me that it was important in life to always be open to the possibilities. My son was Special Forces in the Army and he told me that one of the Special Operations mottos was, “He Who Dares, Wins.” I made a decision when I became ill to be open to what God and life had in store for me. I was going to dare to live every day to the fullest. Now, obviously a full day displayed itself in different ways but I followed my heart, and that almost always meant that I went outside. I went outside to feel the warmth of the sun, the wind against my cheek, listen to the singing of the birds, touch the earth with my hands, and sometimes smell something sweet. Choose to live through all of your senses.
“Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things”
The endurance of these delicate little flowers fascinated me. They can be planted when it is still too cold for so many other types of flowers. Our spring weather here in Nevada is so fickle. It can be 65 or 70 degrees in the afternoon and then dip down to nighttime freeze. I was impatient some days and would plant a new flower only to lose it to frost. The pansies however were tried and true - faithful to be well in the morning garden. We also have an unrealized strength. It remains deep inside of us until a life situation calls it forth. We may be wonderfully and fearfully made, (Ps: 139:14) and so I believe we are, but our bodies are also delicate. The pansies represented to me the paradox in life where there can be strength in apparent weakness.
Life is such an incredible gift, but I took my days for granted. When I became ill I wanted to see, hear, feel, touch, and taste all that was before I had to leave. Through an act of kindness, my neighbor Rose started me on a garden journey. She planted three rose bushes in my yard to surprise me. I developed a love for flower gardening and then a living relationship with my garden. I learned so much about life and myself from the garden. I share with you the spring, summer, autumn, and winter of Life.
About the Author
Judy Carlson lives and gardens in northern Nevada. She was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and her illness took her outside to feel the sunshine, admire the clean blue skies, and watch the birds sing and dance. The beauty of nature nurtured her. She shares her story in the hope of helping you.