When I walked out my door the other day, I crossed the street, and stopped in front of a Viennese initiative to rid the streets of doggy doo. I had to laugh because I judgmentally thought, “How many times do we fail to take responsibility for our own …?” Well, when you translate the Viennese slogan: “Nimm ein Sackerl für Mein Gackerl,” somehow the charm gets lost…”Take a bag for my poo.”
I wanted to reflect about the topic of taking responsibility for the toxic waste we leave in our lives, but instead I want to share something that challenged my own personal perspective.
Manure makes excellent fertilizer. Life has ordure.
When you water your plants, you sometimes have to feed them. Manure is an excellent way to feed plants.
Isn’t it funny? Something that is so repellent when stuck to your shoe is so important to sustaining life.
In the fields, everything is saved. Night soil helps things grow. We grow vegetables, eat vegetables, excrete vegetables, and give waste back to the soil so that vegetables can grow again. Truly, it is said: Everything is only borrowed.
The same is true of the misfortune, failures, and disappointments of life. If we understand the importance of manure, we understand that nothing is truly wasted. Everything can be useful if correctly applied. Therefore, even the bad things in life may become fertilizer that will help us grow and become strong.