From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art.
It’s autumn harvest time in the garden, and the house and workshop are filling with good things: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, herbs and squashes. Still growing are outrageous kale and chard, which practically yell at us as we walk through:
“Hey! You! Greens for dinner tonight!”
It is indeed a bountiful harvest, but many people walking through the garden would sigh at our lack of discipline.
Because, you see, there are weeds. A fair number of them as life grew busier and busier with my artwork and Carolyn’s writing, and we found ourselves traveling to shows or events when we could have been weeding the garden.
But there’s an interesting thing about weeds in the garden: while it may look messy, it really doesn’t impinge on the amount of produce available for dinner that night, and the night after that, and the night after that. Through the years we have discovered that we can do one of two things:
1) Spend all of our time weeding the garden and get a bountiful harvest of produce
2) Not obsess about the weeds, let the garden get out of hand, and still get a bountiful harvest of produce.
Since the reason we grow a garden is to get — and use — that bountiful harvest, it didn’t take us long to figure out that we preferred Option 2.
Of course, Option 2 means that we field comments from visitors like,
“That’s a pretty messy garden you’ve got there,”
but after they’ve been loaded down with more kale than they know what to do with, most people go away with a different sense about their own garden.
Your garden is, or should be, like your life: it is personalized and customized to what works for you, not your neighbor. If you like tomatoes, you grow a lot of tomatoes; if you don’t, then you focus on something else.
There is freedom is realizing that there are no hard and fast rules for many aspects of life, and the main rule to keep in mind is this one:
Don’t let other people decide the way you live your life.
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