Welcome to Homegrown Habitat, where I share how I am cultivating the life and environment I want to live in everyday, and I encourage you to do the same.
WebstersDictionary1828.com gives one definition of cultivate as:
To improve by labor or study; to advance the growth of; to refine and improve by correction of faults, and enlargement of powers or good qualities
This is an amazingly empowering thought. We are not entirely trapped, victims, or captives in any of our experiences, circumstances, or environments. We can choose many things about how we will cultivate our lives and our home habitat. Several years ago, I heard another quote which really struck me, especially since I could relate so directly to it as a gardener:
I love this quote! It is so true that in my character, my marriage, my mothering, my home management, and my gardening, there is always weeding and cultivating to be done. My goal is to live each day a little better than the last. I am so grateful for the atoning grace of my Savior, Jesus Christ that makes it possible to become better, to overcome weaknesses and mistakes.
I am passionate about gardening! I love to get my hands in the soil, plant seeds with great hope, prune, divide, harvest and even weed. Removing the bad weeds and replacing them with good plants is such a clear concept in the garden. Similarly, I think our home needs constant cultivating to make it a comfortable haven for the family. In my personal character, I also have constant cultivating to do. Sometimes I lose my temper, or want to give up, or feel like I have had such a bad day I have lost the battle. But, the reality is I can try again the next day; I can do better by removing those negative weeds in my character, and constantly strive to cultivate positive flowers in their place.
Join me as I work each day to cultivate my own Homegrown Habitat!
Happy Cultivating, Friends!
To read or watch the quoted messages in their entirety, please follow the links below. These quotes are from talks given by general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and do reflect the religious beliefs of the LDS Church, of which I am a member.