Wednesday Vignette – checks, balances, and Prozac

I was so angry with humanity last night and this morning that, despite being embraced  by Nature’s glorious gifts, it took me a while to calm down. I attribute crowded beaches to the processes of Darwinism, but I cannot understand why so many use violence and privilege to put others down, based on superficial appearances and subjective ideas of their own superiority. The shame kills a little part of me every time.

I spent a long day outside today – first a full day at Joy Creek, and then a two-hour consultation. Including drive time, it was a 12-hour day. Yes, I was tired when I got home, but the gloom that was so hard to shake this morning, was gone. Soil contains bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae. Working in soil stirs up these micro-particles, that have the same effect on our brains and sense of wellbeing. Now, I would mostly attribute my mental recovery to spending the day in a friendly, beautiful and nonjudgmental place, but I’m sure M. vaccae helped as well. It’s scientifically declared a natural equivalent of Prozac. Plants and gardening has become the checks and balances that keep me and so many others going through these maddening and stressful times. For that I am SO thankful. No wonder gardening is on the rise – we NEED it!

Scadoxus puniceus

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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14 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – checks, balances, and Prozac

  1. Lovely photo, Anna. You wouldn’t get me on a crowded beach at the best of times.

  2. That’s for sure. Thanks so much for this post, Anna.

    • annamadeit says:

      Of course! It’s a shame it had to be written! Hope you are doing well, Valorie, and that you are enjoying your new home in the beautiful Oregon high country!

  3. Kris Peterson says:

    It’s true that the world would be a better place if everyone devoted at least a little time to gardening, Anna. The news out of Minneapolis is soul-crushing. My WV is focused on the little things that fill the small piece of the world that is our gardens with peace, song, and color:

  4. Beautiful photo Anna, and ya… the news is, well, horrid. Your sentence “The shame kills a little part of me every time” sums up my feelings too. My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Loree! I was heartened to see the news uproar surrounding both the Minnesota and the Central Park atrocities on the news this morning. It made me think and believe the side of tolerance and decency is stronger than the hate and fear-filled one. Still, the toll these hateful displays take on all our lives, are staggering. So much unnecessary pain… prevention would be so much better than reaction. Doing some gardening today, for sure.

  5. Tina says:

    Lovely shot; it made me feel better. I always feel better outside, watching the birds, bees, butterflies and all the rest. Hang in there, be safe.

  6. It’s definitely true that getting my hands in the soil almost always lifts my mood. But if you had an extra prozac or two, I wouldn’t say no.

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