Gardeners are inherently optimistic people. Planting seeds now for flowers or fruits later is an exercise in patience that is often lost in today. The best gardeners plan for success, despite the uncertainties that lie ahead. Whether a window-box of flowers, a community garden, or acres of master-planning that lasts for centuries.
As Audrey Hepburn said, "To plant a garden is to believe in the future."
We are all gardeners in one way or another.
Our garden might be our children, as we cultivate them for the future. Our gardens might be in our mind - which is fed by the books we read, the skills we learn, or the ideas we explore. Our gardens might be the people that surround us in our daily lives - our friends, family, colleagues or customers.
The best gardeners are intentional and patient. They are resilient. They study, and learn from their mistakes. They carefully tend their garden with the belief that their work will help to grow something special.
We should all aspire to be great gardeners. To cultivate the world around us and make it thrive.
It does not matter where you live or what you do for a living. Every day is an opportunity to plant the seeds for the future...and work to make it happen.