There are times and times again, when failure to live up to expectations will happen. I think this is another reason to hate labels, even and perhaps especially the “Good” ones! There’s so many ways of looking at doing stuff and here’s a few:
- Aim low, achieve those goals and declare ourselves inadequate.
- Aim high for when we miss we’ll be among the super stars (many a true word spoken in jest).
- Wait for inspiration, but not too long (time waits for no one). ⌚
- Try, even if a fictional character says “… there is no try”, because actually there is and see it is here: “Try” and as mother said ‘Just do your best’.
So I am the one that sometimes waits for inspiration and then goes ahead and tries (I can be very trying at times apparently) and if any label should be placed upon me, please let it be: An attempter, sticking on the bumpy track to a kinder life. 🕊️
Do not disturb an ancient hawthorn,
Sweet branches nor the root,
Respect as like as mourn,
Tread gently with your boot.
Take extra special care,
No spade dug, nothing shoved,
As might be laying there,
Once buried, once lost, a precious one beloved.
~ ©R Jane Bowen 2018
Many a day over the last few years in fact, I’ve termed parts of my garden as: “Full of high biodiversity using conscientious neglect”. Oh how it had an appeal to my student mind. Truth be told I’ve felt busy, sometimes been agitated to do other pressing environmental things and life’s been interspersed with distressing moments (as it is with many people I’m sure).
So what if hanging baskets got a bit dry, courgettes ending up as marrows and parts of the garden being completely left to nature. Those things of beloved nature have been doing a grand and natural job. However, spring is approaching and in places I’m clawing back space for us to be included in the mix again, and of course as always I will be using all my experience and knowledge of permaculture principles.
Today I pruned some fruit bushes and stuck the sticks right way up, well into the ground to root. I find small tasks, doing a little bit at a time all helps and just like the hummingbird I am for the planet we all live on and hope you are too. Click on the link below for the story:
I will be a hummingbird – Wangari Maathai
I’ve found gardening with nature🌿connects me happily to the Earth and the other creatures🐾 upon it. Making things for the home, mending♻ crafting and living a frugal life is all part of self kindness. Having lived thus far, I seem to have gleaned some pretty amazing things I’m happy to share. Therefore, I’m writing and will start to 📖 self publish. This top blog post is sticky and therefore will appear above more recent posts.