Gardening: A New Type of Thinking



The term “seed shopping” surprisingly came up in my English class today. The seeds had meant something, and the stores where they were bought meant something as well. The following week I discovered that the seeds were, in fact, new ideas, and that the seed shops were where those ideas had come from. The garden, perhaps, seems like the most applicable metaphor for these terms.

The seeds were to be bought at certain stores. These stores could be literally anything, ranging from people to places to intangible objects. The stores are inspirations from where we  get our ideas. They are the things in life that we are inclined to become or to have. These “shops” sell seeds that are worthy to buy. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be buying seeds from there, now would we?

Once we obtain an idea from something we find inspiring, it is much more likely that we will do something creative with it. Metaphorically, good seeds produce good flowers, and bad seeds produce bad flowers. It is only logical to say that we come up with the best projects and tasks when the idea comes from something we absolutely are passionate about.

The process is not yet finished, as others also need to revise and “weed” out the bad ideas. Figuratively, we are separating the “weeds” from the “seeds.” Our peers are trying their best to discriminate between the ones that have the most potential and the ones that are doomed to fail. After the revision is complete, we are left with a pile of great seeds that will be transformed into great flowers.

Then we can finally plant these seeds, put these ideas into action. These ideas still require great care even after its planting. We need to water the plants, use fertilizer, and even add more nutrients. We consistently need to care for the growth of this idea. If not, the plant will wilt and the seed will render useless.

Gardening requires great planning and great care, and so does thinking. Concocting a brilliant idea does not come instantly, but comes from a tedious process of “weeding” out the bad seeds. The only lesson we should continue to remember from “gardening” is that we should never let things stir by themselves. We are the ones that must create and work things, and no one else will do it for us.


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