Support
Vivian Elisabeth Glyck

  

In my garden it is clear that a little support goes a long way.  The many times that I have been there for a baby's first steps provide a great example for me.  As a child threatens to take his first steps, my instinct is to grab hold of him and make sure he doesn't fall.  But when I just offer him my two fingers to latch on to, he proudly moves forward on his own and soon is able to provide his own support.

I've been fortunate enough to have friends who have done similar things for me.  When I was starting out on my own, developing a marketing consulting business, I was terrified.  I felt just like my plum tomatoes.  In disarray, I slithered aimlessly about in a thousand different directions, knowing that I had the talent to make it, but unable to pull it together to grow upward.  And then my closest friends came along and propped me up.  My dear friend Michael gave me the most exciting and fruitful client lead that I could have hoped for.  My New York friend Patty sent a dozen client leads my way.  My guardian angel of a brother, Gordon, coached me relentlessly on negotiating the best deal for myself.  And Bija (Whose name in Sanskrit means "seed") fed me determinedly with confidence and optimism.

What I was most grateful for is that no one came along and told me how to do it--how to run my own business, how to follow up with clients, how to create an accounting system.  They all knew that I had it in me.

They knew that striking out on my own was the next metamorphosis for me.  It was as though long ago, they had peered behind my budding flower to see the minute shape of an entrepreneur ready to burst forth if supported properly.  They staked me up, tethered me loosely, and let me grow on my own.

And it's a lesson I strive to provide to my cherished allies as well.

When those you love dearly are struggling, don't try to control their destiny.  Just provide them with a little something to lean on, and if they are meant to flourish, they will do so on their own.
 
 

  

Using gardening as a metaphor for the human condition, author Vivian Glyck shows us that a well-tended life can flourish and expand just as a garden will thrive and produce great bounty when properly cared for.  Vivian's friendly, touching, and often humorous anecdotes change abstract spiritual principles into practical, real-life wisdom.  Her transformative experiences in her garden and in her life--from the joy of watching her tomatoes ripen to a perfect, juicy red to a life-threatening illness that baffled doctors--lends poignant authenticity to her words.

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Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world
knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or
encouragement--and we will make the goal.

Jerome P. Fleishman

  


 
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