Mental Health Monday: If We Change the Environment…


Image Description: Two small purple basil plants in small, clear glass bowls are on a counter with a plastic planter container behind them. 

These are my baby purple basil plants. I was sad when I saw them wilting inside their planter container over the weekend. It will be time to plant them in a proper pot soon — that, I knew — but goodness, their stems were all totally wilted, lying flat over their small mounds of dirt.

So I put these small mounds of dirt into little clear bowls. Then I put some water in the bowls. These little babies sucked that water right up, and in very short order were springing right into growth again. It was amazing to witness how resilient they were.

And that had me reflecting…

Sometimes, you have to change the environment. When that environment has good, solid resources and care… much is possible. Sometimes, much more than we think.

Isn’t that also true when it comes to ourselves? Our neighbors? Our relationships? Our communities? Our world?

Renee Roederer

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