In case you've never heard of Chef Ramsey, let me introduce you. Gordon Ramsey is a chef with several different television shows. The scenario is usually simple: a restaurant is failing, Chef Ramsey comes in, makes changes, and saves the restaurant. A true Superhero in the cooking world.
Anyway, we hate most everything on television these days, but for some reason found ourselves watching Chef Ramsey one day. He is an acquired taste. In my opinion, he curses way too much. More than anyone I've ever encountered. I wonder if that's truly his personality, or if they highlight all those curse words for dramatic effect. Consider yourself warned. But that's beside the point.
The point is what Chef Ramsey really does. You think he's changing the restaurant. Sometimes he'll change the menu. Or it could be the decor he updates. Sometimes he replaces furnishings. Most of the time there is new signage. You think that these are the changes that make the difference. That one little change can make all the difference. And in a way, that's true. But it's not any of those changes that make the difference. Those things are completely superficial.
What Chef Ramsey really does is renew the passion of cooking in the restaurant owner, manager, or chef. Read that sentence again. You see, a renewed passion is all it takes. That's the one little change that makes all the difference.
Gardens takes work. Weeding, mulching, planting. Soil, compost, plants. Texture, foliage, color. Statues, pathways, landings. All those things seem like the key to what makes a garden work. But in reality, those things are superficial. What it really takes is passion. That's what's really going to make a difference. All the rest will come out of that. It's the passion that's important. When I realized that was the lesson, it was an illumination. A ray of light in my mind's eye.
I want to remember that lesson. I want to remember my passion for gardening. Thanks, Chef Ramsey. Just tune down the cursing, o.k.?
I'm joining Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk for her word meme on Illumination.