The Decolonial Parent

a continuous work in progress

lessons from plants

Some of my plants being propagated

I posted this on my Instagram a while ago, but since it still rings true and I’m a lazy Instagrammer whom no one follows, I wanted to share it here.

Since last winter I’ve been propagating plants from single leaves, and this seems as good a time as any to share the lessons they’ve been teaching me:

  • anything worth doing takes time, and patience for me is the acceptance of that fact;
  • water + light = life
  • other people are both our elixir and poison – we all have the potential to create and destroy life-giving conditions for others, and it can be difficult to distinguish between community and competition;
  • there’s such a thing as too much love;
  • under the right conditions, which are different for everyone regardless of what plant they appear to originate from, a struggling leaf can grow into a full, luscious plant;
  • beauty takes all forms;
  • what once was left for dead can be reborn, sometimes you just gotta stop fucking with it and let it find its own way;
  • what matters is the roots;
  • everything we do can teach us, if we are willing to learn.

If 6 months 1 year of rooting leaves in water reveals so much, just imagine what a lifetime of patience, nurturing, and compassion could do to our world… Until then, fuck the system.