What Garden Is Inside You?

“All you’ve got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality. It not only will, there’s no way that it cannot.”~Earl Nightingale

Jenny Butchart started small. With a young family she had little time for outside interests. Even though she had chosen family over a prestigious art scholarship in Paris, she decided not to  bury her artistic gifts but to develop them in her own backyard. Bringing her children along with her, Jenny built relationships while building on her strengths and through diligence and patience, a lush and inspiring garden was created that has become a Canadian National Historical Site visited by over 1 million people each year. 

Jenny shows us, as mothers, that we all have gifts we can develop while we continue to put motherhood first. And as we set that example for our children, we create a legacy of growth and giving! Like Jenny we can start where we are by planting one small seed and then another, and as we do, we bring  joy to ourselves and those around us by producing our own abundant “garden.”

Listener’s Guide:

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0:58  The story of Jenny Butchart and her garden
6:22  The sunken garden
10:31  How Jenny’s passion project influenced others
12:52  A family legacy
15:34  A mindset for mothers
18:38  Gardening and the mind
24:06  A family’s best investment:  the education of the mother

Quotes from this episode:

“Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.  If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.  Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.  By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.  He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.” ~James Allen

“Now it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he is thinking about and we become what we think about.  Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he is going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion and anxiety and fear and worry, becomes what he thinks about. One’s life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing, he becomes nothing.” ~Earl Nightingale

“All you’ve got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality.  It not only will, there’s no way that it cannot. You see, that is a law, like the laws of Sir Isaac Newton, the laws of gravity. If you get on top of a building and jump off, you’ll always go down, you’ll never go up.  And it is the same with all the other laws of nature.  They always work.  They’re inflexible.” ~Earl Nightingale

“Stories like this are just amazing because [Jenny Butchart’s talent] nurtured her, it nurtured her family, and it nurtured her community and now it’s a blessing to the world.  But it didn’t start out that way.  It started out as a small and simple thing.  But it started out, especially, with a mindset.  It started out with how Jenny saw herself and how she saw her talents.  She chose family, but she didn’t give up on herself.  And she didn’t say to herself, “Well my time is past.  I can’t be an artist anymore.  I have to push that to the background…”  She set an example.  She paved the way.  She showed her family that you can express yourself while still putting motherhood first and that you can focus on your strengths and they can be a benefit to the community.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

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Link to Butchart Gardens site: https://www.butchartgardens.com/

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