“If your heart is a volcano, how shall your expect flowers to bloom?” -Khalil Gibran
Have you ever taken care of a plant? I have, and I didn’t even plant it myself. I bought it from the store and tried my best to keep it alive. Someone else who knew what they were doing, planted a seed in the right soil, put it in the right light, and made sure it started growing. Unfortunately for this particular plant, I brought it home and it died.
It’s hard enough to keep a plant alive when it’s already given to you in the right conditions, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be to plant a seed in bad soil and expect it to grow and be beautiful.
In college I took an agroecology class, and part of the class was dedicated to learning about soil. I had no idea farming could be so complex! Long story short, if a farmer does not take of the soil they have, the land will become so poor in quality that eventually you cannot farm on it any longer. It’s quite the process: rotating crops, plowing just the right amount, & monitoring the pH level of the soil. But, when the soil is good farmers can plan and grow food that will benefit so many people.
If our hearts are filled with hate, anger, grudges, we cannot harbor or grow goodness. Just like a garden, we need to tend to our own hearts, pull out the weeds, and let love in.