Can One Individual or Idea Change Anything?

Garden Design ImageCan One Individual or Idea Change Anything?
A man approaches a neighborhood nursery to request the use of shrubs, bushes, and plants the local nursery cannot and will not use. The nursery owners without hesitation make man, a retiring factory worker, for the “dump” at the back of the nursery. The man proceeds to find items he can use. He wastes no time in collecting shrubs to consider home and plant in his garden.
The man will continue to build his garden while everyone watches it grow and grow and grow. He trims hedges early in the day and to the wee hours from the morning. His wife looks on in wonderment. He sculpts one bush and shapes another both flat trees and round trees. The topiary garden is constantly on the grow. He makes the bushes do whatever he wants.
First he develops his entry, then side yard, and today a full garden. The neighbors are watching. The whole town is watching. I can hear the whispers and read the smirks on their own faces. “What is he doing?” and “What will it mean?” People get sucked in. It is the birth of your phenomenon. No oahu is the oncoming of a full town’s economic development!?
As comprised because the story sounds, it’s true. The man is Pearl. Pearl Fryar in fact (). The town is Bishopville, South Carolina. Here you’ve got one man, one passion, along with a city of 3,671 people. The truth is Pearl is similar to countless people who have a very gift, a talent, a calling, and/or dream. The difference is Pearl used his by working on what he believed. Who knows the sacrifices he made.
He has been in the New York Times, The Washington Post, on NBC, ABC, flown set for college lectures, invited to show classes and hold seminars, as well as featured in an highest rated documentary called “A Man Named Pearl.”
He didn’t take action for that fame. He did it partially because of a stereotype that as being a home owner in his neighborhood he could not keep his yard up. Not only did he keep his yard up, but he won the coveted neighborhood award for the best yard and drew the attention with the director in the Chamber of Commerce who commissioned him to perform topiary in the middle of town. His work alone has boosted the neighborhood economy with tourist coming from all around the globe.
As we wind down this coming year, I am conscious of all of the countless people I have met over the last year. There are individuals who give me their ideas and offer their encouragement. I wonder the number of Pearls we’ve got in your town. Not horticulturalist, but those with a real love for something. Something that once they pursue it wonderful their heart will yield something that enriches people.

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