Unbeknownst to me, sometimes my People Garden is bigger and better than I imagine. Back in December, fellow GovLoop blogger, HUD coworker and friend Nicole Willingham sent me this poem from something she saw on Instagram.
“Your mind is a garden,
Your thoughts are the seeds;
You can grow flowers,
Or you can grow weeds.”
She sent me a huge bouquet of smiles, more than she can imagine. You know we all have those tough days, not feeling well, home situations, stress at work, etc. Then, you have those moments where you realize that everything you have been working towards has some sort of purpose and you have to step back and put things into perspective.
It is about the choices we make. As a part of my own Veteran journey and through some crucial conversations, the VA asked me to write my story and it was published last week. Out of writing my story, I’ve been told that I possess such “strength… encouragement, uplifting, and inspiring”. Others want to share my story and by all means I believe that it is meant to be shared and learned from. Not because I think I have done anything spectacular by any means. I believe it is because I did not give up. I did not give up on me or my family. I made choices that kept me from the path of failure and onto the road to something better.
Read more here.
What I can also tell you about this in life, is that “who we are” is not about the “where we are” or our station in life but the who we have become and what we will allow ourselves to become. It is about our relationships that we cultivate and if you do not have people and relationships then who is in your garden with you? Who supports you when the chips are down and you’ve lost your job? Are you sitting in a blank field full of weeds or are you tilling your soil to grow some flowers?
The choice is yours – appreciate the seeds sown your way. The bouquet will blossom when you need it the most!