Chef Ramsey is probably not all that inspiring (sorry, Chef). I was probably just in a philosophical mood the day I watched him. I realized that passion was important in anything attempted. But I also realized something else.
I don't know if it's just me, but I have always been a bit bothered by playing around in my garden. As if that's just not good enough. I should be doing something worthwhile. Something to change lives. Something for someone else. Not just pulling weeds.
Don't get me wrong. I have volunteered my time and talents. I have donated monies. I have tried to make this world a better place, and the people in it a little better off. But still, I've always felt a little guilty spending so much of my time on a personal pursuit. A personal pursuit that would mean nothing after I was gone from this earth. The saying is "As the gardener goes, so goes the garden." Or something like that.
But you know I mean. The garden can not live without the maintenance and attention of the gardener. Weeds will take over, plants will die, chaos will reign.
Why would I spend so much time and effort - my passion - on something that will not live on?
Then I watched Chef Ramsey. And I got it. Passion is for all people, and for all things. It's o.k. to have a passion to make the best sandwich. To put your love into making the dressing taste incredible with selected spices. To have the bread hand made with love and experience. To determine exactly which meats will give it that certain taste. To add the right amount and type of vegetables. To make a masterpiece of taste in an item so common as a sandwich. And a sandwich only lasts 30 minutes - or less!
That's when it hit me.
It's o.k. to have a passion for gardening. To spend time - even a lifetime - attending to a garden. Planting just the right plants. Designing a pleasing yet functional space. To watch each bloom, each butterfly, each bee in their own life's pursuit.
I know gardeners that have looked back and thought "With all the time and effort I put into my garden, I could have changed the world." And all they felt was guilt. Remorse. Emptyness.
But the other lesson I learned from Chef Ramsey was: it's o.k. to have a passion and pursuit for something dear to only you. Even if that something may not last forever. Just like it's o.k. to pursue the perfect sandwich, it's o.k. to be a passionate gardener.
Have you ever felt guilty for spending so much time and effort on your garden?
OK, I'll get off Chef Ramsey now. That's probably all I learned in those 30 minutes anyway!
(And in case you're wondering, the photos are not of my garden. They were taken at the Botanic Gardens in Albuquerque.)