Do you Expect More from Plants or People?

Some people say expectations set us up for disappointment.  But as a gardener I say, “I must have expectations for the fruits of my labor.  Otherwise, why would I plant?”  And more often than not, the final product — of abundant produce and beautiful bloomsfar exceeds my expectations.

Still, sometimes plant wilt.  Sometimes they become diseased.  Sometimes it’s excessive heat or too little rain that hinders the intended outcome.  But, while there is no guarantee, the end result is more true for plants than people.

How do you handle expectations?  Do you allow them to create a vision?  Do you have a blank slate, throw your hands up in the air and accept whatever comes?  Do you reserve expectations only for plant life or allow them to carry over to relationships?

4 Replies to “Do you Expect More from Plants or People?”

  1. For me, it’s a balance. I do what I do because I love doing it. Every spring and fall I plant lots of plants. The voles, rabbits, beetles, and slugs eat at least (at least! 😬) half of what I plant, yet I keep planting. I would like to see all of the plants mature and be beautiful, but I’m ok if if they die off or get eaten away. I tell myself that’s life. Just like this awful summer heat and humidity: it passes. The Bhagavad Gita teaches: Do your duty, but do not concern yourself with the results. (2:47 Let your concern be with the action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of your action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction. Krishna)

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