I will not get into the series of unfortunate events that have been my life thus far, but I have learned to always be ready for a challenge. Challenging times come more regularly for some of us and I am currently under the impression that we are either born lucky, or unlucky.
The unlucky ones face adversity often in whatever form it takes. Non-quitters will face the challenge and do their best to overcome. We persevere until we get it right, or acknowledge that we simply don’t have what it takes to do so.
And move on.
Gardening is in my blood. Like so many people who simply enjoy digging in the dirt, planting and watching the miracle of plant growth happen, I can’t stay away. Making a dull yard come to life with plantings is exciting. It is also a lot of work and costs money.
My current yard is the biggest gardening challenge I have faced. This is one of the only places I have ever lived where I don’t want to go outside and see what is going on in my yard. This makes it hard to plan, and plant, and grow things.
I can picture a nice backyard in my mind. In involves a fence, pool, patio, potted citrus trees and other Florida native species enclosed in my little oasis. In my younger years I would have gladly taken on this challenge. It could have happened a little at a time. I’m not so sure these days.
Trying to be positive in a bad situation means putting on blinders. Be blind to what I don’t like. Focus on what is good. Eat that elephant one bite at a time. Story of my life. The thing is that life runs out. Time runs out. Will I still be trying to get to where I want to be on my dying day?
No matter. The first bite I take will entail garden soil readiness. In March I can plant tomatoes, zucchini (in a fabric bag because of it’s size), beans, peppers and cucumbers. First I need more soil added to the raised bed, and for the fabric pots.
Being prepared for planting is necessary if I want to attempt to grow vegetables. I’m not thinking about the vegetable stealing raccoons (except to write it here). They will be a future challenge.
Once that first bite is swallowed, on to the second. This is a good way to face a challenge. Circumstances can seem too overwhelming to move forward unless changes happen a little at a time. Making progress is what keeps us going.
Gardeners always face challenges. I’ve found that yard difficulties are easy to deal with than life difficulties but every problem can be faced the same way. And it teaches patience. One year I had a ton of beautiful tomatoes growing in my New Hampshire backyard. Then blight struck. I ended up with NONE! After months of waiting and wondering what I would do with all those beautiful, fresh tomatoes, they rotted before they could be picked.
Often we have no choice but to go with the flow and make the best of it. Learn from our mistakes and say, “Maybe next year”. It is disheartening, but we get over it. Dwelling is not a good thing. It changes nothing and saps our energy for overcoming the next challenge. And they keep coming…. stay strong.
(Thanks to the artists and photographers at Pixabay for the images on this post.)