What a wise grandfather she had!
I worked in very high stress jobs for many years. Although I loved the work and was highly motivated, the politics were often vicious and ridiculous. Every day, after work, and every morning before leaving for work, cup of coffee in hand, I would tour my garden and make mental notes about what I wanted to do here and there. Although the stress of my last position eventually led to a small stroke and retirement, I credit my garden with having made it possible for me to work in that toxic environment as long as I did.
Today, my daughter works in a very high stress environment in one of the nation's biggest cities. While she has no garden in which to putter, her indoor plants, parks, and public gardens help reduce her stress by putting life in perspective.
One of our favorite sayings, from an old Jefferson Airplane song, pretty much sums up our shared response to the silly infighting that can occur on the job--"It doesn't mean @#%& to a tree."
When the going gets tough, the saying comes out.