A little perspective from the garden

For anyone exposed to media of any kind this week there is no denying things have been overwhelmingly morose. Besides the happenings in World News, personally things have been a little bothersome too. Add in the lovely menopausal hormone fluctuations and I was headed for a meltdown of epic proportions.

And then I went outside.

At first, I saw a few plants that may not survive this drought and more than a few weeds, including this Mexican Evening Primrose that I have been trying to eradicate from my yard for 10 years! Annoying little rhizome that lurks under the soil waiting for any water to burst forth and take over my garden again….

Mexican Evening Primrose

Sigh! But, I chose not to focus on those. Instead I saw my olive tree finally bore fruit! Only 4 olives, but that’s 4 more than last year!

2 ripe Mission olives

The Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa) is winding down for the year, but in the midst of the spent plumes, there are still a few buds waiting to open.

Fallugia paradoxa - Apache Plume

And the leaves of the pomegranate tree are beginning to yellow and drop.

yellow pomegranate leaves

But beneath those leaves lie 5 or 6 HUGE (as big around as my hand) pomegranates almost ready for harvest. Which is 5 or 6 more than last year.

pomegranate fruit on tree


Slowly the Negative Mental Attitude started draining from my body as the Positive Mental Attitude took hold.

Perspective. Life sucks sometimes. Bad things happen to good people. Death is a part of life. We can be overwhelmed by the negative around us or we can accept it for what it is and try to find the beauty.

Do you see the dead Wayne Roderick Daisy (Erigeron glaucus) in the center? or the two buds on the sides?

Wayne Roderick daisy - Erigeron glaucus

How about here?

Wayne Roderick daisy - Erigeron glaucus

Is this nothing more than dead spent flowers?

dried chive flowers

Or do they hold a secret for future generations?

chive seeds

Just a small shift of the camera can change the entire view.

When life becomes overwhelming and depressing, I encourage you to shift your focus. Step away from the media. Get outside and discover that there is always something positive and beautiful if you take the time to look for it.

For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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    • Jen on November 21, 2015 at 6:33 am
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    What an awesome reminder that we get to decide how we are going to view life and whether we are going to see it as mostly negative or inherently beautiful. Thank you for the reminder! It is certainly timely.

    And thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

    1. Thanks, Jen.

  1. It really does depend on how you look at things thanks for the reminder – thank you for stopping by Pin Worthy Wednesday

    1. Thanks, Amberjane

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