In a few days, I will hit a milestone birthday. I picture my life like a long walk in our neighborhood. The reality of how old I am, rather than how young I feel, is about to overtake me. As I pass this mile-marker, I am motivated to keep moving forward, onward, and upward. I don't want to fade on my long distance journey; I want to return home still full of energy. To achieve that result, what should I do today, next week, next year? Neighborhood gardens yield some hints.
Here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, if you want a garden to flourish in the heat of summer, you plant accordingly. Corn and tobacco flourish in fields,
As I walk in our neighborhood, I wonder what should I plant in my life to flourish on my homeward journey? Time with family and friends, time spent helping others, time spent worshiping the God of Creation, these give me joy and replenish my spirit during dry spells. With my big birthday approaching, I purpose to cultivate these flowers in my garden and power-walk toward home.
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