Monday, June 17, 2013

A corner garden

On my way home from work, I often travel through an alley near my parking lot downtown. Picture a typical dingy sketchy alley between old buildings with dumpsters and potholes to navigate around. Definitely nothing special...until one day.

One day I saw a garden in the tiniest corner where there had been a piece of unpaved ground with scarce patches of grass. I literally stopped my car in shock. It was so pretty and out of place. And who in the world had done this? And why? I mean, I loved it, but I just couldn't figure out why someone would go to the extra effort to plant flowers in a corner at an alley.

The more I passed by this garden the more I loved it and what it represented to me. I realized there was  someone out there that saw potential in what most people would consider to be ugly or unusable—if they even saw the piece of ground at all. And then, that person actually did something with that potential.

I want to be more like that. I want to see the good and potential in my surroundings—especially people—and I want to work with that potential. I'm trying to make it my new mantra. We'll see how long this positive attitude lasts. It's a good thing I pass that garden once a'll be a good reminder!

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