Watching things grow can give you a deep connection to the world you live in, especially if you are responsible for shaping and encourage how they grow. I have watched my dog Misty grow from a shy and unsociable puppy, to a confident and lovable companion. Everyday I remember how hard it was when I first adopted her, since she was abused and had a really hard time around new people. Taking her to work, and allowing her to venture out on her own at times, has allowed her to develop a strong personality, and deep character. I have also watched friends and family change through out the years, and by knowing them I have changed as well. The natural law of evolution seems to be contained in every living being on the planet, including plants.
Yesterday I drove to a outdoor plant nursery on an impulse and walked through the hundreds of plants they were selling. I wound up choosing a Coleus the grower called a Trusty Rusty. It supposedly grows in both shade and sunny areas, and only requires water a couple times a week. The Trusty Rusty can grow up to 16" in height, and right now is about half that height. Planting it in my backyard will most likely be the best environment for it, since it is shady, but gets occasional sunlight through my avocado tree.