Today I pruned dozens of lavender plants to make essential oils and learned an unexpected lesson about the earth while doing so.
Since I’ve been on the farm, I’ve tried to appreciate everything that comes my way, but when you’re sweating bullets doing intense manual labor under the equatorial sun, it’s hard to keep that attitude. But really, I had just lost focus of the whole idea to begin with. Yeah, it’s hard work, but that’s because there’s more sweat and much less waste being put into the earth than in most places.
So here I was, hacking away unappreciatively at these beautiful plants, when my boss Andres came up to me, gave me a few tips, and then said this:
And the most important thing is to respect what the plants will offer us. When you cut them, think about all of the people they are going to help. They can feel that, and it will help them to grow.
Some may think that’s cheesy, but I honestly don’t care. To me, it’s the truth, and somewhere along the way I lost some of that truth. It’s hard to remember to respect and love mother nature when everyone around you is pounding the “important” things into your skull. Ya know, a real job, money, bills, loans, yadda yadda yadda. Yes, those things are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean I need to worship them and create a shrine of unpaid bills in my closet. However, I do think it’s almost necessary while living on this earth to find spiritual guidance within nature or at least learn some respect considering it literally gives you the breath of life.
Now here, look at some of these gorgeous beasts: