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Empath Health Blog, Jim Andrews

Suncoast Hospice Director of Spiritual Care Jim Andrews

One of the activities that I never imagined I would enjoy so much is walking through gardens. In the last few years, however, we have made a point to seek out the gardens where ever we travelled.

Alfred Austin wrote, “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

There is something glorious about the making of a garden; a creative collaboration of natural beauty and human imagination which yields for all who enter a sanctuary of quiet loveliness. Like most beautiful things, however, gardens are cultivated through dirty fingernails and sweaty brows and sore knees and backs. It makes me wonder – what am I toiling over in my life and in my soul and in my work today that will bloom and grow and create a sanctuary for others tomorrow? May we all tend our gardens with loving care and fully realize our capacity to create something beautiful.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Jim