“You can grow flowers from where dirt used to be.”
This partially accurate lyric is from a song by Kate Nash. I love this lyric because it reminded me of its error: that flowers not only grow where dirt used to be, they flourish where dirt is.
Flowers grow in dirt. Dirt.
It’s messy and not thought too highly of. Dirt gets a bad wrap; mud, decomposition, and the general dirty nature of dirt make it synonymous with negativity. However, mud and dirt, the disgusting lowlifes of the nature world, give a nurturing home to the glamorous flowers and useful fruits and vegetables that help fuel beauty and life. Dirt is what gives seeds their nutrients and home to be able to become plants and trees. Dirt is the location and that starting point for plant life.
Soon the green sprouts in the snow-covered ground will leave way to flowers and plant life will cover the seemingly barren ground. Just as fallen dead leaves become mulch for the next season, there are so many things in life that fuel the future. In depression and mental health in particular, I find it essential to take note and embrace the changes and seasons of life as well as look to the future. Being well and nurturing yourself involves experiencing the moods and natural ups and downs of life. Mental illness and extreme events can make it difficult to cope and process change. That is when we seek the help of a support system, a recovery facility, and professionals, until we can gain control and implement daily life skills. The spring and the new blooms that come with it are a drastic change to the winter months we have been having. Every new plant started as a seed, and had to be planted. Looking forward to the months ahead, take time to plan; to sew some seedlings indoors and reap the beautiful benefits.
Things to be mindful of:
Using the comparison of dirt and flowers, what else might you need to think about differently? What is the dirt in your life right now; what is the messy fuel that is helping you grow? What can you plant so you can harvest “flowers” in your future?