When I was very young my sister and I tried to make a pizza.
We threw a bunch of stuff haphazardly on top of some bread.
No idea what we were doing.
As expected, it tasted like crap.
I’ve been on a lot of backpacking trips.
Some of the coolest parts are the meadows that are way up there.
No humans around, gorgeous streams and flowers.
A single trail going through a huge valley.
Some people get pretty intense with their gardens.
They spend a lot of time planting and pruning and weeding.
The result is very nice.
Even though they know exactly what it’s going to look like, it’s still beautiful.
Compared to the naturally occurring wildflowers up around eight or nine thousand feet, which is more beautiful?
They are both beautiful in their own way.
One is because of the setting, the backdrop.
The other is because it’s a creation of the mind, and of the soil.
Which is doing more work?
The mind or the soil?
The mind can understand what seeds to plant, how much work to put into the weeding, how much space to allow, etc.
But the seeds do everything else.
Sure we can describe what’s happening.
At least, up to a certain point.
It’s nice to think of ourselves as creators of the garden.
But in reality, we’re just putting the right ingredients together in the right proportion.
Then we only stand back and wait for nature to do what nature does.
How or why THAT happens is anybody’s guess.
But you don’t need to understand it to create a beautiful garden.
You just need to appreciate it.
Many things are that way.
At the same time they are mysterious, but also simple.
Food is simple to cook, but the emotional gratification we can get from eating is indescribable.
Human relationship are the same way.
At least they CAN be.
You don’t need to understand how or why they work, only enough to mix everything together in the right proportions.
And give it the space to happen.
And just like a garden, if you create it correctly, it will grow.