The roses have been spectacular this year. Taking care of roses and gardening in general emphasizes the importance of several virtues, which apply in other areas of life as well.
First, you have to put in the work: virtues of persistence and purpose. Second, growth happens naturally: virtues of patience and trust in the unfolding of life toward goodness.
Third, sometimes you have to deal with pests: fortitude in dealing with challenges. Fourth, take time to soak it all in and enjoy it: reflection and gratitude.
My gardening this year also involves letting go, as I will be moving on to another work and will be leaving the garden to others to care for. I can already see the love they have for it. The garden is in good hands, and so are we.
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” (Matthew 6: 28,f.)