As a gardener, I’ve learned that my purposeful action does not always yield a definitive result.

I may walk into the kitchen on this August afternoon, holding a firm red tomato in my hand, delighted by my harvest. I’m proud of this tomato as if I created its aroma, smooth skin and the juices within. But I know that what I really did was create the conditions last spring to support a healthy seed – miniscule, yet packed with possibility – so the seed could, if all went well, become something delicious.

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