There was a man lovingly tending his garden one day when a passerby stopped and admired his craft. He had travelled far but until now had been disappointed in what he had seen.

The stranger, an Englishman, stopped and glanced, then finding a need to comment, lingered and lent against the wall, propping himself up by stretching out a hand onto a rotting gate post. He was uncomfortable in the heat so wiped his brow by taking out a handkerchief from his jacket pocket and then, when suitable composed, said. 

“Isn’t God wonderful. He gives us this sun, and then the rains, thereby turning everything that would otherwise remain a wilderness into what you have achieved here before my weary eyes.” He paused for a second, casting his vision over all what spread out before him then continued with a slight approving shake of his head. “A truly marvellous sight, you must be so proud of all your work.”

The tired, but patient gardener, rose to his feet and braced his back, rubbing it gently to ease away the strain of his labours, then turned to face his new devotee and replied in a concerned Scottish tone.

“Aye you’re right enough there, but he sends the rain at the wrong time and the sun when I want to do all my work. If only he was to ask me when I wanted them, then it would be more appreciated.”

The wanderer thought about this for a few seconds, nodding his head in agreement, until at last he made up his mind what to say.

“Yes, you are absolutely right there old chap, but how does the saying go….’you don’t always get what you want, you get what you need.’….Look at it that way my good fellow. Sometimes we should simply be grateful without complaint.” Silently he recalled how the Scots were never a race to expound on the joys of life.

The gardener, none too keen on the English in general, and never accustomed to looking at life in a charitable way, saw no reason to change that philosophy. Suitably refreshed from his toils and struggles in the husbandry of God’s fine soil quickly retorted.

“Aye you’re right enough there, but God needs me otherwise, left on his own, he would make a fine mess of my garden and no mistake. Did you notice some of the others that you passed on your way here!”

There is a moral in this story. One that few find.

It is that if we all work on our own, without engaging God or fellow human beings, we muck our lives up. That’s for sure!

No man alone can withstand a raging sea.

By pulling together, think how better the world would be!


About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp is a member of The Society of Authors. His introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All ten of his novels are now published by CNext Chapter with the tenth novel being a two-part ending to the Heirs and Descendants Series. A Covenant of Spies completed the four-book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? Once I Was A Soldier and A Widow's Son. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number-one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the two novellas he wrote, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled--The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising his first novel. There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality. Amazon Author Page He is fond of writing Quotes and a collection of his can be found here---
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2 Responses to WORKING TOGETHER.

  1. A thoughtful tale but then I would expect nothing less from you Danny. :o)

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