Do you have an expression that fits to your core?
Mine is “What goes around, comes around.”
I remember an event from my childhood that illustrates this saying so well.
Between our neighbor’s house and ours was an alley that was a fascinating place for me. On our side, I could sit on the edge of a small well that was one entrance to the crawlspace underneath our house. I used to find all kinds of interesting insects in that hole: potato bugs, banana slugs, black widow spiders, and stinkbugs. The coolness coming from under the house intrigued me (though not enough to pull back the screen so that I could crawl under). On the other side of the alley, our neighbors had a wide patch of thriving ferns.
I couldn’t resist them either. One day, I spent a very long time stripping every leaf off of every fern so that all that was left were the slender stakes. Did I think I would get away with such mischief? I didn’t even consider the consequences. It was just too much fun pulling those leaves through my fingers.
In our backyard now, we have a hill with redwoods towering over us. Underneath them, the only plant that will consistently grow is the kind of fern from my childhood. The ferns create a lush, verdant area in a hot, dry climate (one of the few fern forests our gardener has seen). They are beautiful.
I think of that moment at my neighbor’s yard when I look at our ferns as I’m working in the yard. My neighbors were gardeners. My punishment for stripping their ferns: an hour’s worth of work in their garden -- an hour that woke up my lifelong love of gardening. To me, the expression, “What goes around, comes around,” explains my passion completely.
Do you have a lasting expression?