A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Dear Friends,

As I breathe deeply and admire the majestic mountains before me, I am grateful for another day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the sky is blue and Sunday church music is muted but present in the distance. The feast of Atenas’ Patron Saint, San Rafael, is being celebrated today.  If you were awake at 5 a.m. you might have heard the traditional “Diana” making its way into the center with its festive, joyful, traditional music. Taking all necessary precautions, get out into Nature and enjoy the day.

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Visual cues are superb ways to convey emotion; photographs help us remember an exact moment in our past. People in marketing are experts in maximizing our inability to ignore powerful images that convey their message. Following this logic, a video is worth at least a million words. The existence of instructive videos on social media platforms (too many to list) makes learning about any topic possible for anyone willing and able to invest the time to watch them.

A few weeks ago, I realized that many of my houseplants were in need of focused attention. I have been avoiding the time-consuming chore. Their (sad) condition on our front porch shamed me a few times each day until I finally decided to take charge and get to work. One of the reasons I had been putting off the task was because no matter how many articles I read on ways to transplant, I did not achieve the same results the pictures in them boasted. I can’t remember what led me to research videos, but I am so glad I did!

I scrolled through a few options until I found one that promised to explain the process in detail. I find abbreviations and short-cuts often defeat their purpose. I was happy to find a video that gave reasons for every step. As I watched the determined teacher proceed with a detachment I have a hard time mustering, I foresee that my unhappy plants are in for a shock but one that they and I will conquer and overcome. The experience of ruthless elimination of leaves will foment new growth in my plants. It is already allowing me to embrace the continuous blossoming of my personal growth.

Have a beautiful Sunday and a terrific week, Marietta

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