Sorry for my strange excitement about asparagus, but I always look forward to picking and eating the first fresh batch from my garden. I just picked some today! It’s usually the first green vegetable available every spring. And if you can get it fresh, like picking it yourself from your own garden, it is absolutely fantastic. It’s even good raw!
I’m big on gardening by the way. I even recommend it in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages. Gardening does amazingly good things for your overall health and wellness.
Asparagus growing is a great analogy for most things in life, like relationships, careers, faith, and prosperity. In case you haven’t noticed, all the great things in life take time – it’s a lesson in patience.
Asparagus as an analogy for life? LOL. Yep you read it correctly. That’s why they call me the “down to earth” doctor.
For example, many people tell me they would like to grow their own asparagus, but they lose their enthusiasm when they learn that it takes a couple of years from the time you plant until the time you can pick. And worse yet, if you plant and lose your patience, picking too early, then your asparagus won’t come back.
Even more like the realities of life, there are a few particulars. You must plant in good soil, and not just anywhere with good soil but in a sunny spot. And this sunny spot with good soil must be well drained – not in a low spot. Whew, it’s getting complicated isn’t it? Oh wait, don’t forget that there are going to be weeds, lots of weeds that you have to keep up with!
So, there is a procedure, and rules, and a way to do it, and it takes time. Welcome to reality! This is about the way the world works when you want something good.
Sorry to depress you but this story gets brighter if you read on. LOL.
But in the end, the efforts in growing asparagus are all worth it. You’ll know what I mean if and when you ever take your first bite of just picked asparagus. Mmmm, mmmmm!
Now, there is an option; you can just go out and buy it. Most grocery stores carry asparagus, and at this time of year, spring, it’s very reasonably priced. Not a bad alternative to growing it yourself, eh? I can’t argue, even that store bought asparagus has it’s benefits for your health and can be quite tasty. Enjoy it!
Sorry to steal some of your asparagus joy, but the reality is that the store bought, corporate grown stuff may likely contain potentially harmful toxic residues from the insecticide and herbicide applications. And the nutritional content is lacking compared to the home grown or organically grown variety because the soil it was grown in is likely mineral depleted. Don’t forget I said “sorry”. The lesson here is that taking shortcuts, taking the path of least resistance, has it’s consequences. (You might argue that you’ll wash it thoroughly. Sorry again, washing is always a good idea, but the toxins are known to be in the flesh also.
So there you have it – lessons in life from asparagus. The lessons being that good things take time and effort but it’s usually worth the bother, and that if you lose your patience acting too quickly you may not have another chance, and that you can take short cuts but there is usually a price to pay for it.
And then there is the issue of faith. Yep, you must have faith that your efforts will produce, and that also is an important component for life.
No, this is not a dream. LOL.
Now, I’m going to cook my favorite asparagus recipe: 2 scrambeled eggs mixed with chopped asparagus (1/2 inch pieces) and topped with grated Swiss cheese. This must be what heaven is like! Thanks God.
What lessons have you learned by observing the world around you?
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