Nelson Mandela`s garden * Vrt Nelsona Mandele

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Today is the funeral day of Nelson Mandela, a man I feel strong and deep admiration for. While imprisoned, he used to have a garden. That garden was one of very few or even the only thing that he was allowed to control, something rare that was in his domain in times when not much was left for him to decide … something to look forward to, seeing the seeds waking up and growing, admiring the unstoppable power of life … It is impossible not to be touched and transformed by it, if only you choose to open your heart …

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Here are a few words from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, about his gardening: “Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed in sun the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission. I requested that the prison service supply me with sixteen 44-gallon oil drums that I had them slice in half. The authorities then filled each half with rich, moist soil, creating in effect thirty-two giant flowerpots. I grew onions, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and much more. At its height I had a small farm with nearly nine hundred plants.”

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I think there is a strong lesson in it for all of us, especially for those who feel trapped, robbed of free will, of choosing what is good for them and what not … There are so many people enslaved in this world and even those who feel that they have their life in their own hands – even they sometimes wonder if that really is true …

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We all get these feelings of being trapped eventually, wondering about the purpose of our life and at the same time wondering what are we wondering about – isn`t everything just swell? :)

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So if you are at that point in your life, please consider starting a garden. It just might help :)

Danes so pokopali Nelsona Mandelo, človeka, ki ga iskreno in močno občudujem. V času, ko je bil zaprt, je imel vrt. Ta vrt je bil ena redkih ali celo edina stvar, o kateri je lahko sam odločal, jo počel po lastni presoji, v času, ko so o njem in o tem, kaj počne, v celoti odločali drugi … nekaj, česar se je lahko veselil, ko je opazoval seme, ki je vzklilo in zrastlo v sadiko, ko je lahko občudoval neustavljivo moč življenja… Nemogoče je, da se nas ta moč ne bi dotaknila, da nas ne bi spremenila, če le odpremo svoje srce …

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V svoji avtobiografije Long Walk to Freedom piše takole: “Po nekaj tednih opazovanja praznega prostora, ki smo ga imeli na voljo na strehi, kako ga obseva sonce, sem se odločil, da se lotim vrta in dobil dovoljenje za to. Od uprave sem si izprosil 16 sodov, ki so jih prerezali na polovico, potem pa polovice napolnili z bogatim, vlažnim humusom. Tako je nastalo 32 ogromnih posod za zelenjavo. Gojil sem čebulo, jajčevce, zelje, cvetačo, fižol, špinačo, korenje, kumare, brokoli, rdečo peso, solato, paradižnik, papriko, jagode in še veliko več. V najboljšem obdobju sem imel majhno kmetijo s skoraj 900 sadikami.“

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Mislim, da je v tem lahko močna izkušnja za vse nas, predvsem za tiste, ki se počutijo ujete, oropane svobodne volje in možnosti odločanja, kaj je dobro za njih in kaj ne … Toliko ljudi na tem svetu je zasužnjenih in celo tisti, ki menijo, da imajo svoja življenja trdno v svojih rokah, se včasih sprašujejo, če to res drži …

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Večina ljudi prej ali slej pride do točke v življenju, ko se počutijo ujete; vsi se v nekem trenutku vprašamo o smislu svojega življenja, a se hkrati vprašamo tudi – o čem sploh dvomim, nad čim se pritožujem? Ko pa je ja vse super? :)

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Če ste tudi vi sedaj na tej točki svojega življenja, prosim poskusite z vrtom. Čisto lahko, da bo pomagalo :)

 

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