April 5, 2020
Have you seen the commercial that says the only really scarce commodity is TIME? It goes on to say use it wisely.
When the word came that we must stay at home to protect ourselves and others—what did we do?
The fastest among us bought all the paper goods, frozen pizza and soup in the whole city. The slow group was left to plan meals around a stash of canned beets!
No matter how much preparation and buying a problem remained. No one told us that what we really need to stock up on——IDEAS.
As you guessed the two stories are connected. We don’t have more time left than we did before our world changed. Time is still the most scarce and valuable commodity. Its just than now we have an unexpected chunk of (keep this in mind) limited time that won’t be filled by all the usual routines and activities that used to fill so much of our hours and days.
Now of course we need paper towels and possibly even frozen pizza but remember our limited time—we must have meaningful ideas.
Lets narrow it down. Too many ideas can be a problem just like too few. Since we are gardeners—lets start right there. Take a good look at your garden. Is it everything you want it to be? Could you yourself make it better?
Avoid sweeping generalizations especially ones that focus on what others might think. So if a first thought was “my front porch should be better than all the neighbors”. Maybe the thought could instead be “I want to enjoy my front porch and more plants would make more inviting” That is achievable, and achievable by YOU.
Lots of shopping is not advisable but its not necessary. Not when you are open to other possibilities. Maybe you could try making more of the plants you have with cuttings—never had success before?? That was then—you can take better care of them now and maybe success will follow. What about moving some garden plants into pots. If its shady lemon balm or mint could be lovely—and there are usually lots of extras anyway. You will have different goals but the important thing is make a decision, make a plan—but then do it.
We are in a situation almost no one expected or experienced before. It’s uncharted territory. But it did happen and this time is part of the time we have. We can put it to good use, and when time is spent in the garden—the world may be just a bit better for it—now is surely the time for that!
Beautifully said Susan!
Susan really speaks to the heart, doesn’t she?
Thank you Susan. I have already used up every pot I have, dividing up plants to share with friends when we can see each other again.
Linda, How wonderful that you have been working on this. Both of you have inspired me.