I love my garden. It was only weeks ago that seeds were planted and watered and now plants are reaching for the skies and vines are slowly creeping up the trellises we built for them. I have a morning ritual of walking the paths of my garden each morning to see what progress has been made while I was sleeping. One particular morning last week I noticed that one of our cucumber plants had put out a squiggly arm to grab the trellis. The light-green-string-like arm seemed weak, at best, but the grip it had on the trellis was undeniably strong.
I smiled at the wonderment of it all. That plant was a seed a few weeks ago...and now here it was taking on a life of its own and pushing towards its intended purpose...to put out a crisp cucumber. How in the world did it know to grab on to something stronger so it would be able to bear the weight of something so much bigger than itself? It certainly doesn't have a brain...yet it knows that it cannot survive the upcoming challenges of wind and rain without being anchored to something else.
So, why is it that I...a human being with a brain (although that could be challenged by some)...don't know to do the same thing? I imagine I could stumble through life on my own...but how much stronger could I be if I just grabbed on to the wisdom around me...giving me the "leg up" that I need? I suppose if cukes could talk they would say, "Honey, you are the cucumber plant...and your friends are the trellis. If you grab on to their strength...you can put out better fruit".
What have you grabbed onto lately that could make us all stronger? I'd love to hear it...