April 22, 2008

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—

It is all over the news about the nations food prices on the rise, along with gasoline prices inching up daily. Now I am not one that bakes my own bread from scratch every day, sews my children's clothes, darns my husbands socks, nor do I make my own butter. The standard for domestic has moved down a few notches from what it once was in life. Now it has become the norm to buy,buy,buy. Microwaved family dinner or fast(fat)food. Life runs us, we make our lives so busy that we forget to take time just to breathe(Unless we are doing Yoga or exercising on the tread mill).

I took a moment to pause the other day and thought how grand it could be to start a garden with my children. All the life lessons that can be learned by being one with the earth.Plus the satisfaction of having fresh, organic, self-produced food at the end of summer. As the children and I potted seeds together, I took the opportunity to talk with the kids about faith made the comparison of seeds, sun, water, weeds, but so many analogies can be made from the process of growing and nurturing plants.
The beauty of the Earth can be so spiritual if we only take a moment to notice. The colors in the sunset, symbolism of new spring flowers, the smell of each season, the soothing flow of a mountain river. Peace that is felt when there is no one around but you and the quiet of nature.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Charlene, you are a great inspiration. Keep up the great work.