As we enter the beginning of spring, I am thinking about planting a vegetable garden.
I haven’t had my own vegetable garden for many years. During 2020, we stayed in a home for about 10 months that had gardens other people planted and we harvested. That growing season was about discovery: what will come up next? Frequently, we were blown away. One time Kim found a beet that was bigger than a large grapefruit. Another time, we accidentally came upon potatoes and green onions. Then we discovered copious amounts of amaranth, a plant that is usually used as a grain, but we learned was also a delicious green! This was a magical time for us and much appreciated as COVID-19 had us staying home much more than usual.
This year, we are stepping into the adventure of planting and cultivating our own garden. My self-empathy skills are coming in handy as I am tempted to give myself a hard time for not knowing enough, not doing enough, and not doing it fast enough or soon enough.
Can you relate to this?
I love it when I remember my inherent value is directly related to my existence, not what I do. And, certainly not to what I do well!
So I will plant my garden and do my very best to love the adventure and myself through it. I am especially thinking about a quote from Anne Lamott (one of my most favorite authors!) in her book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, which I am just finishing. Anne says:
“We are hardwired with curiosity inside us, because life knew
that this would keep us going even in bad sailing.”
Indeed, I shall venture to remain curious and enjoy the tiny moments and the tiny plant life that greets me each day…
Join me, and let us greet them together!