Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 4

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Small Ideas

I swear this is going to be the last inspiration from the strawberry patch…unless I think of something else! 🙂

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When I got home and was washing off the berries so I could freeze some for the winter, I marveled at the big beautiful ones. I noticed, though, there were many that were significantly smaller as well as some that were misshapen. Sampling them, I found they were just as ripe, just as juicy, and just as tasty as the big beauties!

This got me to thinking….

Of course we’d all love to have the big, fancy, amazing idea. And, it’s common for the news outlets to splash these all over the covers of magazines and use them as lead stories on the news. This can cause us to believe the only worthy and valuable ideas are the big flashy ones.

Not true!

There are many more small ideas than there are big ones. These ordinary ideas are vital to developing the big ones that become revolutionary and game-changing. For instance, the advent of the steam engine in the 18th century changed the world and started the Industrial Revolution. But the idea of using boiling water to generate mechanical motion had been around for millennia. And it was people building on the small ideas of those before them that led to the breakthrough—the big idea—that was James Watt’s invention of the continuous rotating engine, which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.

ALL ideas along the way were needed. The small ones—the humble and commonplace—were just as necessary and important as the big idea.

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It’s been a week since we last reviewed our progress. Your homework today is to look at how far you’ve come. Naturally there may be areas to tweak but as long as you are moving forward toward your goals and dreams, then you are successful. Yay you!

The second part of your homework—the best part!—is to celebrate! Make a scrumptious dessert out of your juicy ideas, add in the deliciousness of your progress, and top it off with the full-tummy satisfaction of a job well done. Have a feast and invite your friends and family to the celebration!

You can do it!

I am so proud of you

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS Here is a link to Wisdom from the Farm:  The Strawberry Patch Part 1

Here is a link to Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 2

Here is a link to Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 3

Other People’s Gifts

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You can NOT let other people’s talents and gifts silence your dreams.

 

There is no doubt that there are some spectacularly gifted and talented people in the world. They may even be heavily gifted with dreams that are very similar to yours.

You can NOT let their obvious talents squelch your dream. You MUST NOT look at your dreams, your talents, your gifts as paltry, fluffy and frivolous, and stupid compared to theirs.

Everyone has gifts and talents that are vital to the overall wellness and forward movement of the world.

THIS INCLUDES YOU!!

Every person, every gift, every talent, every dream contributes to the whole and, no matter how amazing or how humble, every single one is critical for building Goodness in the world.

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Your homework today is to honor and love your gifts, talents, and dreams. They are valuable and are indispensable in the world.

You are awesome!

I am so very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 3

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Not All Ideas are Created Equal

I was at the farm yesterday for my CSA share and I was able to pick more strawberries. WooHoo for fresh strawberries! 😀

As I was picking the berries I came across a few that were bad. Either an animal had taken a bite out them or the berries were over-ripe and starting to rot. Not too big of a deal because it’s all part of Nature’s cycle. Fruit that doesn’t nourish humans, animals, and insects is then broken down into elements that fertilize the soil and support other plants. And, when I looked, I saw those other plants had loads of berries on them!

That got me to thinking about ideas; it’s kind of the same thing with them. There are loads of ideas out there and, because you’re creative, you probably have a long list of them yourself!

But not all ideas work out great. For whatever reason and in spite of all the preparation, planning, and diligent execution, they just don’t work for you. When that happens, it’s okay to put these to the side. Sometimes it’s a matter of them evolving and events coming together in a way that enables you to manifest the ideas.

Sometimes, though, no amount of patience will help and no amount of trying will get them to work out. In that case leave these ideas to the natural course of things. Someone else may have the insights or niche skills needed to manifest them. Also, there are some ideas that are meant to be fertilizer, inspiring people to adapt different ways of thinking and to break through their limitations.

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So your homework today is to not lose heart and certainly don’t lose hope if your ideas don’t work out. Sometimes they are for someone else to use and sometimes they’re meant as inspiration and motivation. And, if you look, you’ll see other ideas that are perfect for you that are ready and waiting for you to act on them!

Take the next step! You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS  Click on the titles below for

Wisdom from the Farm:  The Strawberry Patch Part 1

Wisdom from the Farm:  The Strawberry Patch Part 2

Who’s at the Controls?

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Who is at the controls of your life? Automatically, you probably answered that you are. But think a moment; really think about it. You may find that you are waiting: waiting for someone to lead the way or for someone to take your hand and go with you. You’re in a holding pattern because of this underlying searching/waiting./hoping/praying. No one is stepping up to the plate. Meanwhile, you’re just marking time….

But no one else is supposed to step up to the plate. It isn’t their job to do so, it’s yours! YOU are the one who was chosen and specifically crafted to live your life and achieve the dreams in your heart and soul.

YOU were given all you need to do this. However, just because you may have to ask for help does NOT mean you can’t do it—that you aren’t capable, competent, or that you don’t have what it takes. All that asking for help means is that you need a little assistance or advice or a boost. That’s all. You just need a helping hand, period.

Let me remind you that you do have what it takes! Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and dig deep. It’s there, though; ‘what it takes’ is right there inside you. Go get it! Take control! You can do it!

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Your homework today is to shake off the holding pattern you’re in and firmly grasp the controls of your life. You have what it takes! You absolutely can have an exciting, fulfilling, and satisfying life—the life of your dreams. Go out and get it!

I know you can do this. I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have what it takes; you can do it! Go you!

I am so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 2

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Let Ideas Ripen

Last week I used the strawberry patch at my local CSA as a metaphor for ideas (click here to be taken to that post). Today’s post is another thought I had inspired by the ripe and juicy berries!

Strawberries don’t ripen well if you pick them when they’re unripe or only partially ripe. They don’t fully sweeten. This is why the farmers at my CSA instruct us to pick only the berries that are red all the way to the tip of the fruit. These are the sweetest, juiciest, and most tasty strawberries.

Obviously, this means we have to leave the unripe ones alone, carefully moving them to the side in order to reach the ripe ones. We still have to check all the berries closely because, although they may be a luscious red at the top, they are still white and unripe at the tips: not yet ready!

It’s the same with ideas. Many require our patience so they have time to grow and develop. Even so, there are always a few that are ripe to the tips—ready and waiting for your action!

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Your homework today is to put to the side the ideas that are not quite ready to be acted upon. They still need time for your skills and knowledge and events to come together in such a way that the time is perfect for action.

In the meantime, there are plenty of ideas that are ready to go—juicy red to the tips—and they’ll keep you plenty busy. Act on these ideas! As you move forward, you may find that working on these ideas hasten the ripening of the ones waiting in the wings.

You can do it—you can take action on those juicy ones as you patiently wait while other ideas ripen!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Father’s Day!

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Here’s to fathers the world over who share themselves with their children: teaching us about intellectual pursuits and the value of education; the joy of physical activity, goofing around, and sportsmanship; the honor of putting our best foot forward and—regardless of the outcome—the satisfaction of knowing we did our best.

Thank you fathers for holding our hand when we needed it and for pushing us out of our comfort zones when we needed that—and thanks for knowing the difference!

Thank you fathers for showing us that real men step up to the plate and do what needs doing, whether they want to or not or whether it’s cool or not. Thanks for showing us that real men are gentle, compassionate, kind, and forgiving, and that they also know when to be tough, strong, and fierce.

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Thanks fathers for showing us how to live with honor and integrity and that those virtues really are the best guides in life.

Happy Father’s Day!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

At the Still Point

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“At the still point of the turning world…there the dance is.” ~T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton

Your homework is to find the still point; rest within it today. Gently contemplate how you can remain at the Still Point in your everyday life.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 1

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Look Closely!

I am a member of a CSA at a local vegetable farm and this week is the start of the season. Part of the fun of the CSA is the Pick Your Own (PYO) portion of the shares where members are allowed to go into the field and pick for themselves a certain amount of a few selected crops.

I always look forward to this because it gives me an opportunity to open myself to Nature and Its wisdom. This week the PYO portion is strawberries, which explains the title of this post!

When I entered the strawberry patch all I saw around me were rows and rows of green leaves. I was surprised that the farmers were allowing us to pick two quarts because, at first glance, there didn’t seem to be enough strawberries for everyone. As I looked closer, thought, I could see the big juicy berries; everyone would be able to get their full share!

This made me think of ideas and how oftentimes we don’t see the ones that are right at our feet. We think that where we are has absolutely no opportunities for us. We look with longing where others are standing because they seem to be smack-dab in the middle of a juicy strawberry patch of ideas.

However, if we take the time to look carefully—get closer to the plants, gently move aside the leaves—there they are! There are our own ripe, juicy ideas!

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Your homework today is to be curious about the patch right where you’re standing. Get closer and see what you can discover. And, since this is the end of the week and the perfect time for a review, look back over the past several days. Were there crazy ideas that you discarded without looking closer at them? While they may not be workable in their raw state, with a little chipping and sanding, and then polishing, they may turn out to be a shortcut to your dreams!

Remember, too, to celebrate the steps you did take this week—no matter how small. They all add up!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS Happy Friday the 13th ! Happy Colgate Day to all the ‘Gaters out there!

On the Fly

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When you’re starting on the path to your dreams it’s great to think things through, to anticipate potential challenges, and to write up a plan.

But don’t get hung up on planning and don’t let the ‘what ifs’ stop you in your tracks!

Accept the fact that you’re going to have to figure things out on the fly.

Every business and every successful person has had to do this.

This means that it’s normal and it’s natural if you have to deviate from your well-laid plans and to figure things out on the fly.

This is what companies are looking for when they interview and hire people. Of course the day-to-day work needs people to do it, but employees earn their salaries when potential disaster is looming. This is when the they pull together and brainstorm, innovate, and create their way out of the jam they’re in.

You are fully capable of doing the same thing.

Although you may be a one person band, you still have people and resources backing you up. You have your dream and passion, your intelligence, and your talents and skills. You have resources such as the Internet and your local public library.  Also, your state university libraries and community college libraries are available for your use.

You have trusted friends and family members who are supportive of your goals and dreams—they can be sounding boards and help you with brainstorming new ideas. Don’t forget about trade associations, forums, email loops, and other places where people who share your interests and passions get together to exchange ideas and tips.

You really do have all you need to figure things out whether it’s on the fly or not!

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Your homework today is to learn to be comfortable with figuring things out as you go along. To help you do this, do some mirror work. Look at yourself with a big smile—even if you don’t feel it, smile anyway. And, even if you don’t feel like it or if you feel silly, be enthusiastic and energetic as you get in front of that mirror.

Say to yourself:

This is totally awesome because I am working towards my dreams!

I am so excited!

The passion within me is bubbling over—I’m effervescent with it!

I’m incandescent and vibrant with passion for my dream!

I’m loaded with vim and vigor!

I have zip; I have zest!

I have all the sizzle and pizzazz I need to take the next step!

 

Then go ahead and take that next step!

You can do it I know you can! Go you! Yay you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Enjoy Life!

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Enjoy life as much as you can! You’re working on your dreams, you’re living your life to the full…what’s not to enjoy?

Ummmm…what if you aren’t enjoying your life?

Then ramp up the pursuit of your dreams!

Once you are going after your dreams, even in a small way, enjoyment will settle upon you. And even though you may go through challenges, as long as you’re working on your dreams, contentment, peace of mind, and optimism are yours because you are immersed in your passion, your destiny.

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Your homework today—the first part, that is—is to enjoy your life as much as you can right now. No matter where you are on your path to your dreams, there is plenty to enjoy right here and right now.

The second part is to enjoy taking the next step today, no matter how small it is and no matter what that step entails. Find something to appreciate about it.

Enjoy!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal.

Lauren