to build or to plant

… in life, each person can take one of the two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.

Gardeners always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole Word.

Paulo Coelho, Brida [Prologue]

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  1. It’s so nice to know that my friend Jules is a Gardener and she plants! She will keep on harvesting forever!

    Hope you find encoragement and enlightenment to the wise words of Paulo Coelho.

    Happy reading Jules!

  2. Gardener, yeah! I’ve got 61 little plants with me M to F, plus additional 100+ 🙂

    And there’s Uno and Jed. Yesterday’s seeds are growing faster and faster!! Uno is starting to read random letters of the alphabet-from newspaper ads, his uncles t-shirt prints, his giant book-and it gives me immense pleasure. Jed is still in his ‘ayaw’ phase. like if you ask him anything and he’s not in the mood, he’ll say ‘ayaw’ forever.

    I was thinking earlier… maybe I should take the boys in my first ever gardening gig in our little backyard, with the permission of my mother, of course. 🙂

    Muli, maraming salamat sa book, Em!

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