Ikigai was definitely the right kind of book for me to read during this quarantine. Given the fact that it talks about longevity and happiness, it also speaks about solitude, living with the nature and just being solely dependent on nothing but the moment. During one page, I read about this woman who starts her day by going to her garden.
Yes, the first thing she does after waking up is working on her plants. I applied this to my day. I try to do this every day. Going to my small patch of plants in the house and try to indulge the greenery to my eyes. It is definitely making me follow the day in a different and positive perspective given the distance we find in humans and nature.
There’s a watermelon growing and I find it motivating knowing that I planted this fruit. There’s no real control over these plants and yet they thrive and never fail to bring me smiles.
Talking to the plants is not yet my thing. But, my mom finds it a task so easy to do. Maybe she learnt from her life that plants listen unlike everyone else. It gives this kind of impermanent relationship with the nature that you go on to think about the strangest questions you ever asked.
Living with the plants gives me joy I can’t describe, but show. Look at this beauty:
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