I think Elisabeth is talking about two different
things in the same sentence: about us making our own
lives, our own worlds into gardens, and about us making
other people's lives and worlds into gardens. Both
of these things, though, take love and compassion, because
without those two qualities shared generously and
unconditionally, life never shall be the garden that it
has the potential to be, not for you and not for the
people upon whose lives you have your effect.
The first thing she says, though, is that the world can
become a garden "If we make our goal" to live
love and compassion. A beautiful world for us
doesn't just happen--it takes effort to create it, to form
it, to develop it, to push it to its extraordinary
limits. If our goal is to be loving and
compassionate, then we naturally will commit loving and
compassionate actions, and through those actions--as long
as we expect nothing in return for them--we can make our
lives extraordinary, and we can contribute extraordinary
things to the lives of others.
What kind of garden do you wish your life to be? Do
you want to make your life into a lush garden with healthy
flowers and plants, or do you want your garden to be dry
and barren and full of weeds? Well, just like a
garden, you control the results of your life through what
you put into it. A garden that is treated with love
and given all it needs to thrive shall thrive, whereas a
garden that is neglected or treated wrongly or poorly
shall not thrive.
The question is, what are you giving to your life?
Plenty of water and TLC, or just the bare minimum to allow
it to survive, but not thrive? If that's the case,
then perhaps a shift to giving more love and compassion to
yourself and others is in order.