Let's face it. Sometimes, we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and it can feel like we're unable to do anything right. For me, Friday was my day to feel beaten down by the muggy Pittsburgh heat that had been happening all week. I dragged myself to the garden, expecting to see the plants fried by the hot hot sun, and as I began to slowly water and prune through all the pots and barrels and beds, it felt hopeless. Not only was it tedious, but I couldn't end the millions of thoughts running through my head that were disheartening my workload. As I addressed the individual problems and fix-ups around the Commons one by one, and saw the drooping cucumbers, smooshed tomatoes, and dried up soil, it felt like I really wasn't making much of a difference.
Then something changed.
Glancing up for a moment, I was able to see the bigger picture. And it was the most beautiful thing I had seen all week. I had just finished watering when I noticed the plants had begun to breathe again. All the garden had needed was a bit of water and to be touched up a bit. It doesn't take much, but gardening can be one of the most encouraging aspects of life if you take a small amount of time every week and give a little. It reminded me to look at the bigger picture rather than the messy details every once in awhile, because when you broaden your perspective and see any problem at a different angle, it can be very rewarding.
Just like this: