packing & roses

Jan 11, 2012

Thank you to everyone who has offered suggestions to distract me from packing!  One of the challenges of course is that preparing to move is not simply a matter of putting possessions into boxes and moving.  This is an ideal time for organising, throwing out, doing the things still left undone…

I have been enjoying the garden too. Often with a coffee and a rediscovered letter or book.  These days have been pleasantly reflective.  There is a lot to ponder after 12 years.

One of the great joys of ‘dead-heading’ the roses late last year is that now they are preparing for their second flowering. (Note the new red growth alongside the old green in the photo). I won’t be here to see the second blooming, but I am happy that others will appreciate this.  

There is a good metaphor in the roses. Yes, the pruning and the new growth, but also that often the fruits of our own efforts are often not harvested and savoured by ourselves. This realisation initially appears like a loss.  But then we remember that each of us are constantly reaping the benefits and enjoying the fruits of the labour of other good people.

Cleaning today, and maybe some time in the garden.

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