Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Last year I spent Mothers’ Day in Tokyo enjoying gardens there. It was delightful, but staying at home with family and enjoying gardens here is even better.

So we spend a lot of time in our own garden, enjoying flowers – daffodils and blossoming  forsythia  bushes – in Finnish – is it called  Happiness Bush (Onnenpensas),  wild white anemones (Valkovuokko), the garden is filled with spring flowers.  The flower benches  I made last autumn all seem to be doing well.

Our neighbors decided to renew their backyard – so I got plenty of new plants from there. Some of them  I have no idea they are, exciting!  Now they are all planted in my planting  boxes, so that I can see what they are, how high they grow and then can decide what would be the best place to plant them for longer term.

When most of the today’s in garden work has done, I took a wheel barrel load of braches, weeds and leaves to compost. On my way back it started raining and I saw the whole rainbow. Little things in life can be very enjoyable even though temporary.

In the evening planted some sunflowers, three different varieties: Lion Sangria and Sol, will be interesting to watch them grow.

Ideas are like seeds – they need plenty of nurturing, before they prosper and even more time until harvesting is possible. Luckily with plants you can also enjoy growing phase.


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Heart shaped stones – from walks by the beach, from Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Tomi and I collected sea shells, small round stones, and heart shaped stones on long walks by the beach during summers 2001 & 2002.

The white stone is from Pikisaari, Lappeenranta. Close by where my mother lives, from walks around the island, summer 2007.

And I was so happy to find this picture of heart shaped stones in my favorite home decoration shop – Kokoro in Maplewood, New Jersey, while visiting friends there after 4 years we moved from there back to Finland.

So I was again so happy, actually thrilled to find a huge heart shaped stone in our backyard last weekend, for me it has such a special meaning and many good connected memories, from summer walks. Sometimes unexpected treasures can be found closer than we think. Home is where your heart is!

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Joe’s blog post some weeks ago reminded me of Dalai Lama, Joe had been reading an article of Dalai Lama’s visit to Seattle. And I suddenly remembered how I briefly encountered His Holiness when he visited Finland last autumn. We were in the same flight to Germany. Sometimes we pass by people in life without fully encountering them or even remembering that we have met. Our paths cross like planets in their orbits, yet something might be triggered in our minds and lives without us even realizing it.

Dalai Lama was really calm, seemed sincere and kind. Decided to revisit his books… which I didn’t remember to do at that time. So Joe’s blog brought back to these thoughts. In the article there was a quote when asked about his [Dalai Lama’s] religion of kindness, he replies, “... all these things: compassion, charity, patience, forgiveness, joy; these do not belong to religion. One does not need religion to understand or practice them. They are simply the expressions of what it is to be human.

Personal values are something that I have been thinking in several occasions in career counseling during the studies,in leadership training sessions for work and when studying Indian chackra‘s and yoga for personal development and reflection. Again and again I revisit thoughts of – what is important, what is really valuable in life. Personal values can be ideals, idealistic, dreams even; but are we really able to live according to our values.


In the flow of life – I tend to forget, and from time to time it is good to revisit the values, not only your thoughts, but actions as well.

It helps to live according to own values if they are somehow at least partially aligned with values at work life. Nokia’s corporate values were co-created and renewed with personnel in Spring 2007 and the new values are:

  • Passion for Innovation
  • Very Human
  • Achieving Together
  • Engaging You

The renewal process was very participatory, inviting personnel to discus of the future. The first one “Passion for Innovation” was a dream come true – having studied themes related to innovation, learning and change for over 3 years, this value was very good news. The three others are all very social and human, emphasizing social interaction. It felt very good since similar values have been very close to my heart.

Dalai Lama’s website has section with his speeches, where he presents his views to life and compassion.

” Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home, If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another. If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.
I believe that at every level of society – familial, tribal, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.

And the quest for human qualities will continue … luckily gardening helps, especially heart shaped For-Get-Me-Not flowers in the early spring morning.

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Gardening – enjoyment of seeing things grow. 12.- 13.4. 2008 Getting ready for summer Spring things

  • Cutting Hortensia bushes , they grow 1.5 m in summer
  • Making and hanging stone weights for decorative apple tree to shape and curve its top branches
  • Some raking, not much, since there still might be frosty nights
  • Several spring flowers are in blossom – don’t know their English names so the list is in Finnish:- Lumikellot, krookukset (Crocus), skillat, sinivuokot & keväänkaihon kukat eteläisellä seinustalla

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