This Easter weekend I spent some time gardening. It was a beautiful sunny day and so warm that I was comfortable in my T-shirt, jeans and bare feet. What a treat! I was in the midst of pulling weeds when I discovered to my great surprise a few sugar peas that were barely two inches tall.

I had stuck the seeds into the ground about a month ago and after two weeks of regular checks I had given up on them, thinking that the seeds might have been too old. I looked at the little shoots with their tender leaves with pure joy. I thought to myself: “This is so much better than chocolate eggs”, which is a strong statement coming from a chocolate lover.

My curiosity was peaked and I went around the garden looking in all the other areas where I had buried sugar peas that day in early March. I found about a dozen more sugar pea shoots. This was better and felt more rewarding than any Easter egg hunt I have ever been on.

What surprise gifts are hiding in your garden of life? What seeds have you planted months or years ago and maybe forgotten about? Take a wander, do some weeding and you might be positively surprised to find the most beautiful treasures right where you are.


Author's Bio: 

Julia James, CPCC, PCC, M.Sc. is a multi-lingual certified life coach, award-winning author and international speaker. She helps busy professionals around the world achieve balance in their lives through individual coaching and workshops. Author of the book, The Mini-Retreat Solution and the audio CD series, Guided Mini-Retreats for Busy People, she provides tools to manage stress effectively and to relax and re-energize quickly. Julia has been featured on Joy TV, CBC News, as well as in The Globe & Mail, Glow Magazine, BC Business Magazine and The Vancouver Observer. For more information visit: