Sometimes we long after times that are gone, things that will not come to pass, and futures that are certain. But we all know that these things are illusions. Time passes and we all have different ways of noticing this. Some of us stare at clocks on the wall or time displays in the corners of our screens. Some of us count the nights and days, the weeks and perhaps the months. I used to count time by the summer breaks I had. It all works.
But time passes no matter what we do and we can only do with time what we decide to do with time; time will pass. In the past I’ve watched time start with new seedlings and time continue with new plants in the garden. I’ve watched time pass with the coming cold in the air and with the smell of beer brewing; kale boiling and the smell of canning the summer’s crop.
Those times are past and are yet to come. Those times cycle through even if we do not notice them. Sometimes our time is spent in the past, looking out over the horizon that darkens with every waking day. That does not help. It does help to think of the possibilities that the future holds. Perhaps that we people garden.
With a small container and some soil we seed the future; the past seems not to matter. With water we nourish our hopes; regrets seem forgone. With soil we reminded that the past is nothing more that possible futures. It is, after all, where we come from and where we eventually will come to.