“Right now” isn’t always the best answer.
My garden has taught me a great deal in the past two years, and as the main growing season comes to a close it brings to mind one of the biggest lessons I have learned. You have to understand that for the vast majority of my life I’ve been a “get it done now” kind of a girl. My garden, though, with its real-time requirements and abhorrence to shortcuts, has demands bigger than my own. I have learned (at least with the garden) to slow down my expectations. The first year I started my garden, I believed all of my grand plans needed to be done “right now” so that I could have the best garden imaginable immediately. I had/(have) limited time, and certainly limited muscles, and learned very quickly that it’s best to plan my garden projects for the long term. I am at a wonderful place in my life where I am fairly certain that I can consider myself settled-in to our home: no more moving every year for jobs/life/etc. This gives me the amazing luxury of long-term planning, which makes many more things possible with considerably less stress. Now, I start mulched beds for planting next year. I’m planning to put in a fence still this fall to keep out the rabbits so that in the spring I can safely plant right away. I can buy smaller plants and get “starts” from friends, saving me money (and the digging of large holes!) because I am willing to wait a few years for them to get to a respectable size.
This long-term planning and expectations approach is still mainly applied to my garden endeavors, but I have noticed it creeping into other areas of my life. I very often feel overwhelmed with all of the things that I would like to do, in addition to the things that are necessary for me to do. This possibility of long-term is a very new one to me and it is hard for me to not feel as if I’m not living up to my expectations of “all wonderful things right now”. Maybe it’s age, but more likely it’s just my brain and body telling me if I don’t readjust my mindset it will engage in mutiny! Ah, the things we learn on our journeys…
Words cannot describe how beautiful the weather is today as I look on the first day of autumn. I have great respect for the equinox. Balance in my life is something I am always striving for, and to know that something as large and complicated as the solar system can at least twice a year achieve nearly equal lengths of night and day is reassuring to me somehow. I invite you to enjoy the balance of this aspect of nature today.
Harvest time again! Time to celebrate the bounty of the earth with friends, family, and strangers. Try to make it a point to have some social time around locally grown food this year.