“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I have participated in the ritual of preparing and planting a vegtable garden for 25 years. Each year I am met with many challenges while gardening, leaving me with minimal results. I ask myself, “Why do I continue to put so much time, energy and money into gardening”? My father always had a successful and productive garden and his parents had one too. I want to be a part of this legacy as well. Perhaps that is why I persevere, to attain the green thumb that seems to run freely through my family which I have yet to achieve. This year I have decided to take a new approach to my gardening by identifying what prevents me from finding success, then tackling those challenges one by one.
Virginia, where I live, is not blessed with the best soil for growing crops, unless it happens to be Tobacco. Yes, those school text books were right. The red clay soil is everywhere and a challenge to work with. How on earth the settlers lived on this land is a real mystery to me.
Challenge number one:
How to create a rich soil environment to produce the best possible results.
When I have managed to grow anything in my garden, more often than not, it has been enjoyed by wild animals and not my family.
Challenge number two:
How to keep the fruits of my labor for myself.
The dog days of summer can reach well past the 100 degree mark in Virginia, making it a problem to keep the soil evenly moist.
The heat stirs up my third challenge:
How to keep my garden evenly watered, even when I am not around.
I live in the suburbs on a quarter acre lot covered with shade. I am limited by space and the amount of sun my land receives.
My fourth and final challenge:
How to create a garden with limited space and a lack of solar energy.
As I review my challenges I realize that I need to make an adequate plan to create a viable and productive garden. Making plans are important but sticking to them are optional. Flexibility is always key. Learning is essential.
I have spent much of my life hoping or wishing for things, like a beautiful and productive garden. Wishing and hoping is only a small thought that moves me forward toward my goals. Bridging the gap of a wish or a dream, to see the fruits of ones labor, takes planning and perseverance even not knowing if the outcome will reflect what we are hoping for. To choose to journey forward toward our dream we must take time to ponder and plan and then implement our thoughts and ideas.
What in your life have been dreaming about? Is it time to take that wish or dream and make it a reality? Give yourself time to hear what your heart is trying to say to you. Write down the steps it will take to bridge that dream and make it a reality. Remember there is no right or wrong answers. Listen. Your heart won’t quiet until you hear what it is trying to say. You will never know if the outcome will reflect that of your vision if you don’t get started. It does not matter if it does not match your vision perfectly. Be flexible. By moving forward guided by your intuition each step you take becomes part of your journey down a path to a place you are suppose to be.