THE GIFT OF IMPERFECTION

Do you remember that in my last article I told you that winter is my favourite season?
Well, today it’s time for me to explain why.
Are you curious? Just keep reading…

I like spending time outside in winter when all looks silent: the garden honestly reveals its structure, its design; flowers and leaves can’t distract you and you can focus on essential aspects: “Do the hedges harmoniously design the structure?” “Are the evergreen specimens well placed?” “Is there a good balance between empty and full spaces?”. Qualities and mistakes of the design are now visible and unequivocal.

There is another reason why I love winter so much: as I like to question my gardens, I also like to question myself.

When we allow ourselves a moment of quiet and reflection, a pause in our busy life, when there is nothing external that can distracts us, we have the time to observe our “inner garden”. “Is there something that we can improve?” “Is it well balanced?” “Is the structure strong enough?” “Does it make sense?”.

“Am I happy with myself?”

I must confess that sometimes I am scared of these moments: it’s when my imperfections become monstrously noisy, evident and sometimes unbearable. It’s when I face the ‘ugly’ parts of my garden.

But think for a moment to one of those majestic deciduous trees that in winter show their powerful structure. Nothing restrains them: brave and persistent, they keep trying to conquer the sky with their branches. At a second look, they often reveal all their imperfections: a trunk deformed, a branch missing, a crooked shape.

And you know what?

Often all these imperfections are exactly what makes these trees so beautiful: they, like me and you, are just trying to find their shape, their place on earth.

Instead of being scared of imperfections, embrace them.
Let your fears fall down like leaves, and reveal things as they are, because there is nothing to hide and there is nothing to be scared of.

Imperfection is the most beautiful gift we have received, because it opens to endless possibilities: you can change things as you can change your garden. It takes hard work, but it’s absolutely rewarding.

My life is the best garden I can grow.

Now it’s your turn: what’ s the most important thing your garden taught you?