“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.”
“Charming gardeners” — what a felicitous phrase! And how perfectly it describes those caring people who support our writing and ensure that the seeds of our stories bear fruit by pouring down upon us the dew and sunshine of encouragement.
When I think of the charming gardeners I know, many spring to mind. Just recently, I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Joanne Zippel, who guides artists in a range of fields in managing their endeavors through Zip Creative, her coaching practice (See Reaching Out). During a chat, she mentioned passing on a helpful handbook on novel writing to someone making a first foray into fiction. The sunshine of support!
How many charming gardeners I’m blessed to have in my life: There are Alex and David, who are always so encouraging, and my wonderful sister Steph and my brother, Pete. And all my friends, who’ve helped me in so many ways — among them, the writing buddies in my critique group who’ve read my chapters time and again. When I think of all the people who’ve not only cheered me on, but offered their own creativity in service of my story, I feel more determined than ever to push on and finish my novel.
The season of cherishing and new beginnings seems like a wonderful time to ponder the charming gardeners in our lives and the many gifts they give us: the time they take to listen to how our work is going, the notes and articles they send our way, the cheerful boosts they give us when we’re feeling low, and the confidence they have in our ability to push past obstacles when we hit them.
Who are the charming gardeners in your life? When you hit a thorny patch, think of all of them sprinkling water and sunbeams on the seeds of your inspiration — and write on!