In France last month, my friends Judy and Lisa and I took a jaunt to Giverny, to the whimsical gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet.

At  his Giverny home, our tour guide explained, the artist set the scenes.

Claude didn’t sit around hoping sunflowers would pop up  outside his windows.

He planted the bold beauties.

Claude didn’t just dream about the grace of water lilies.

He created water gardens.

Monet didn’t simply wish his world would turn brilliant with yellows and blues and purples and reds.

He put them there!

Lesson here is that while it’s way cool to stumble on what you need and want in life, sometimes it doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes you need to plant it yourself before you can capture it on canvas.

 

  

Barbara Younger

Barbara Younger blogs from her home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Along with Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster (http://friendfortheride.com), she writes books for children and adults. She lives in an old house with her husband Cliff. and collections of everything from dolls to buttons to bookmarks. She's the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother to one adorable baby boy!

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