Don’t Blame the Lettuce


“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet, if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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8 thoughts on “Don’t Blame the Lettuce

  1. Yes, I love this guys stuff. So down to earth and practical. Who would have thought so much wisdom could come from a salad item. But where do onions fit into all this? It’s tough to love an onion, all they do is make you cry and fart all the time.

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      1. I’m not gonna get namby pamby about it. The lettuce knows full well what’s gonna happen to it if it grows nice and thick and healthy. Why should it cooperate willingly? This is war.

        The Green Revolution has been around nearly as long as the Red Menace. Crop failures have cost more lives than wars or plagues. There’s no room for compromise here.

        In Australia at least farmers realise it’s us or the plants. That’s why they’re always armed up with chainsaws and herbicides.

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