Garden of Life

Honestly, this was a disappointing week. I felt disheartened and frustrated by both the Congressional reactions to the Kavanaugh hearings and the reactions of those on social media. Overall, it was a heavy week, but there were some bright spots during the week; the first of those being Dr. Ford’s courageous testimony and the bravery she showed being able to stand up in front of the entire world and speak towards her trauma. Another bright spot was the rallying behind her with the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag on social media which gave people a chance to speak out and tell their truths. The most important thing I did this week was lean in and check in on those close to me. My pastor at my church back home shared this article ,“#MeToo and the Spiritual Struggle for Gratitude”, in which the author shares the analogy-- “Your life is like a garden. And it is not well tended. You need to grow your garden.” In it, she reminds us that growth is not instant, it takes time to cultivate positive emotions and to weed out the negative ones. It is a reminder that before we blossom, we need to put in work. And that we can always be tending to and working in our gardens.

Maria, NYU’20