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Grief and the Unexpected Harvest

I’m going through a grieving season right now. I’m grieving the seeds I planted that were very important to me that either died without a harvest, or they never came up at all.

This always leads me to grieve the seeds I should have been given from the beginning of my life, but wasn’t. Seeds of nurturing, acceptance, and security…things that are kind of important to nourish and sustain a person over a lifetime.



I think grieving seasons are important. It's a time to consider things lost, things that never were, and things that are not as you expected or hoped.


This fall bounty I harvested earlier today reminded me of something else. Sometimes we get to harvest a bounty that we never planted. A bounty of something unexpected but will bring life and joy and light into your life and the lives of others.


This harvest came out of compost I threw into this garden space last year. The most I was hoping for was that it would serve as fertilizer for seeds I would grow later…but never did. Instead, I received a harvest of something unexpected from something I had thrown away. This harvest required nothing of me. I didn’t plant it, I didn’t water it, and I didn’t fertilize or prune it. It happened all by itself from the leftovers of my life.



If you are grieving things that you never had or things that are lost, see if there is also something unexpected growing in it’s place that might bring light or joy into your life or the lives of those around you. The grief is still real, the lost is real…and so is accidental bounty. What unexpected bounty are you experiencing right now?


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