Saturday, October 12, 2019

What Are You Trying To Grow?

"Nobody is too busy . . . it's just a matter of priorities."

There's few things in life that challenge me more than my schedule.  I'm not alone.  I know many people with that same issue.  I've been doing better at it over the last several months by using the bullet journal and keeping track of where my time goes--where I'm spending too much, and where I'm not spending enough.

I was talking to a friend of mine a couple weeks ago, and he said something interesting.  He gardens, and he spends a lot of time in his garden.  He said when it comes to gardening the key question is, what do you want to grow?  Once you decide what you want to grow, you figure out how much space you'll need, and how much time you're going to have to care for the garden--it's easy to plant a garden, it's far more difficult to tend it.  He said first time gardeners always make the same mistake--they plant a garden way larger than they have the time or the desire to care for. 

You have to make sure the plants you put in your garden .have everything they need to thrive, and watch for things that threaten their health.  It takes a lot of effort.  He pointed out that gardening isn't about just growing plants, it's about growing certain plants.  A big part of gardening is making sure the weeds don't take over.  Even the best gardener with the best garden have to watch out for the weeds.  If you're not paying close attention, or you take a few days off from the garden, those weeds can quickly threaten the plants you're trying to encourage to grow.

He said he looks at time the same way.  What do I want to grow?

He wants enough time for his work so that he's not rushed all the time.  He wants time for his family.  He wants time for his church.  And he wants time for his garden.  That's his crop.  It's a very small garden, but that's all he grows in it, and he's able to meticulously maintain that garden.

He's cut his life down to just a few things that are most important to him.  Everything he does goes towards nurturing one of those goals.  He's careful about the weeds in that garden--the distractions that can suck the life out of the things he's trying to grow.  He said when he lets his guard down and those distractions take root he spends all his time weeding them out again, and has little time left to fertilize his crop.  I think we've all been there--trying to weed a garden that has gotten far too large to be manageable, as the things we value most wither on the vine. 

It's an inspired way to look at time.  Too many of us, myself included, want to try a grow a little bit of everything, and in the end, we have so many plants we're tending, we're lucky in the end if we find even a few tomatoes among the weeds that have taken over.

So the question is, what do you really want to grow?

~Todd E. Creason

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