Patience is a virtue
I’ve decided to take up a new hobby this year: gardening. I’ve dabbled as a backyard gardener over the past few years, basically discovered the benefits of slider sheds for small yards only, but this year, I decided I wanted to take it more seriously. And like anything I commit do, I do it with gusto! No halfway for me, no sir.
So I’ve researched seed companies, ordered a variety of (organic, natch) vegetable seeds, bought all of the requisite supplies and spent most of my weekend plowing in (literally). I found the perfect area in my laundry room to set the seed pods in a south-facing window, where they would receive the best sunlight. I pat the dirt about three times a day to check on whether or not they’re too damp, or need water. I write notes in my new gardening journal. Yes, you could say I’ve gone “whole hog” into this gardening thing.
But now? Now, I wait. I’m less than a week in and I’m hovering over these seeds like a mother hen waiting for her chicks to hatch. Are they warm enough? Are they getting enough light? Is the soil okay? What if it’s not? And then there’s fear about mold, blight and a myriad of other things that could go wrong and wreck my beautifully-anticipated bumper crop of summer vegetables.
It’s true they say patience is a virtue. I can set these baby seeds up in the best possible conditions, and they still may not grow. I may get them outside and bugs will get to enjoy the fruits of my labor (don’t worry, I’m already planning for that). We may have another drought year, or some other act of God may derail my vision. It’s waiting for the end result that’s sometimes the hardest part. If you’re like me, I want results now!
But just as in business, we plan, we study, we strategize for success – but then something happens that throws you for a complete loop. You back up, you go to Plan B, Plan C. The point is, even the best laid plans and visions need to be flexible enough to accommodate for the unknown and keep your strategy on track. All of that planning and patience is what makes the end result taste so sweet.
And while I may not yet know how my first real attempt at gardening is going to turn out, I know I’ll learn something this year that I can put into place next year and make it even better. I’m getting hungry just typing about this.
What plan or project have you had to update to keep your success on track? And how do you stay patient during the growing period?
PS – wish me luck this summer. I’ll post some pictures of my (hopefully huge and delicious) tomatoes when they get here!