Composting A life

The best fertilizer for gardens and lives
The best fertilizer for gardens and lives

What is the best fertilizer to use when growing a life or a career?

Let me tell you how I discovered it. One of our grandsons popped in for a visit one fall day. As we lounged on the back deck, his restless gaze landed in the gutter–the gutter that crowns the edge of the roof. “Grandpa, there’s trees growing in your gutters. I can get that stuff out in a jiffy!”. Quick as you please the young man hoisted himself up on the roof.. He then began tossing  off rooted oak seedlings and other plants naturally potted in rotting bark, rain-soaked, decayed leaves and soil.  It was a shockingly blissful thing to suddenly inhale the perfume of perfectly blended, sweet, fecund compost  raining off the roof to the ground around the foundation of the house.  My gutters had become a seed bed for a new maple/oak forest, a field of wild flowers, and whatever other kind of wild garden the wind, the bees, the blue jays and the orioles were creating.

What is the best fertilizer to use when growing a life or a career?

All the failures; all the rotted memories; all the “accidental learning”; all the mentoring; all the tears; all the discoveries; all the little victories; all the forgotten research. The very best fertilizer to use when growing a life or a career is composted life experience.

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