conquest of meaning

“The true material of knowledge is meaning. The only way to glean knowledge is contemplation. And the road to that is time. There’s nothing else. It’s just time. There is no shortcut for the conquest of meaning. And ultimately, it is meaning that we seek to give to our lives.”

—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings


There is nostalgia when a local business announces plans to close. We’ve shopped for garden supplies, plants—shrubs, trees, and flowers—at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center on Lafayette Boulevard for all of our married life. From our first purchase, the Crepe Myrtle near the driveway entrance, to the herbs and perennials that cascade over the sidewalk to our front door, Roxbury Mills has always been a part of our community. We already feel a sentimental longing for the days of fine customer service and quality products.

If we give meaning to life through time, it’s places like this that serve us well. For in the garden, there is always time for contemplation.