I think it’s intrinsic in everyone to want to be of some kind of service to something.
So people, for example who are teachers, doctors, nurses or volunteers, want to be of service to humanity – somewhere deep down inside themselves, at a spiritual kind of level, they want to heal, help, inspire and educate other people. They know that none of us live forever. But if we can do something with good intentions within our lifetime that helps others to live a long, healthy and purposeful life, then our life has had meaning and has not been in vain.
At the end of the day our good intentions are what we have to offer to the world, and those intentions can sometimes get clouded or corrupted by our consumerist society or lack of self-belief.
I could look at this flower farming thing purely just as a money making venture, in which case I’d have no problem nuking everything with poisonous chemicals and not give a fig about how much I’d be killing. I could just do the quickest, easiest kind of farming to turn a fast buck. But I avoid those things. I don’t always get it right, but everything I do in my garden is done with the best of intentions for protecting and advancing as much life as possible in my garden and ultimately the planet.
I have (like many farmers do!) deep at heart, an intrinsic need to be of service to nature – that’s my why.
I’ve heard it said that the word “sophisticated” is the opposite of natural. It scares me how much humanity’s sophistication has disconnected us from nature. We’ve forgotten we are only one of the threads in the grand web of life. Separating our thread has unbalanced the whole web.
So when I hand over those flowers I’ve grown to someone, I am not giving them just a bunch of flowers, I am giving them a bunch of intentions. My hope is that people get a sense of these intentions through my flowers.…and then become inspired themselves to be of some sort of service to nature too!