My friend Gareth (pictured above) recently undertook some work in his garden, he had an idea of what he wanted. The picture on the left is when he started and the one on the right is the finished product.
To get to that though, he went on a bit of a journey, he had to clear the ground, turning the soil inside-out. He had to remove some rubbish, he needed to do some digging to prepare the ground for his new vision.
As I watched my friend go through the stages, I realised how very similar the process was to life and dreams. Before we can build our dreams, we need a vision of where we want to get to, then we need to prepare the ground, we may need to get rid of somethings and some relationships in order to move forward.
My friend even came to work one day with a very bad back, he could hardly walk but he still had a gleam in his eyes, he knew it would be worth the results at the end.
In life we might need to endure some temporary pain in pushing for the dream in us to become a reality. We see the potential, start the painful process but eventually the product will be packaged with lessons learnt.
Well Gareth did really well with his garden, he persevered, at some point he had to get in the experts( builders) to do what he wasn’t skilled to do.
Likewise in pursuing our goals, it gets to a point where we may need an expert opinion, from drawing on our faith to the support of our families, we also need to learn from those who have gone ahead of us. We may need to walk away from some associations, we may have to say to some people, ‘it is nothing against you but it is everything for me’.
When his garden was completed he proudly showed us all, making us watch a slideshow of the before during and after.
I gladly took note of the great lessons from his experience. Are you building your own garden(dream)? I hope that the vision you started with will keep you focused as you go through the process which often is challenging and tedious. I hope you take inspiration from the experience shared from Gareth’s garden.
For your consideration