I could write a book on all I have learned about gardening and the parallels between plants, growth, and people.
I have learned my plants need feeding well, and often. Otherwise they do not mature into the beautiful plants they have the potential to be. Plants need feeding well, to develop good strong roots, to blossom, to produce flowers and fruit.
And this feeding, when I draw parallels to people, is not about food. It is about what people absorb, learn, are they learning, what advice and external influences they take in. What feeds their soul and is it healthy, or not. Does it feed darkness, ego, negative aspects of personality. Or does it feed them in a healthy way.
People need feeding, in order to grow. In order to blossom. In order to yield fruit and beautiful flowers, of virtues some of which I also relate the Bible being the fruits of the spirit.
I see these fruits are only developed in people, when there is sufficient courage, humility and willingness, to grow.
Plants need this and rely on it from external sources. People need to feed themselves, it cannot to be done purely by others. There has to be sufficient willingness and courage, to be fed by all that is required, to grow and mature.
There are many types of plants. Like strong trees with good roots. Their bark is gnarly, weathered and old, but with beautiful branches and leaves. and I see these as the wise old souls. I see people like this, the bark representing the challenges and difficulties faced in growing through all kinds of weathers, but strong and beautiful as a result.
Some plants are beautiful and grow, some are needy, but good too. And capable of growth, only if fed well.
Some plants are okay, but have thorns and can be prickly. Need to be careful around them.
Some are considered weeds, but are in fact beautiful. Just a little different and need to be loved.
Some people are like horrible weeds gardeners hate. Sucking the life out of other plants (people). Selfish and uncompromising in their needs. They need to be kept separated from the other plants, or they kill them at their roots and take over. The emotional vampires of the plant world.
Some being beautiful on the outside, but are poison on the inside. And need to be kept well away from. But people can be charmed by their outer façade. And get infected, hurt and even killed by them, if unaware of what truly lies on the inside.
My tomato plants remind me how careful I need to be and I use organic soil, organic feed and they continually yield lots of tasty lovely fruit, that is a delight. If I fed them chemicals and yucky stuff, the tomatoes would be filled with this also and not be good.
I am also reminded of the Bible, and the Parable of the Sower. Seeds only growing in certain ground. People need to be aware of the soil they choose to be. Do they appreciate and seek the seeds of wisdom, knowledge, maturity and potential for growth – people can gain from others. Or does that fall on stony, rocky, hard ground, where it is never absorbed.
I love parables, symbolism, metaphors, allegories and the like.
I know great minds like Carl Jung used this greatly within his work and the very fact these exist in the Bible, shows their value. It shows a depth of thinking, I enjoy.