Wisdom from the Farm: Endings and Beginnings

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Every ending has within it the seeds of a new beginning. ~Unknown

As you know from previous posts, for a number of years, I’ve been a member of a local CSA farm–a Community Supported Agriculture farm. It’s been a wonderful experience, not only supporting a small, family-owned farm and getting fresh, local, organic produce, but also watching the different cycles.

In each weekly newsletter, the farmer would tell us which vegetables were just beginning to be harvested, and which ones were ending their harvest. When the crops were finished, the plants were plowed back into the soil, enriching it, and another crop was planted.

Now, as the growing season is finishing, and as the farmer and farm crew finish harvesting each crop, instead of plowing the field and leaving it to just hang out, a cover crop is planted for the winter–even as the snows and wind blow, the cover crops are growing.

The lesson we can take from this is to not angst over things ending in our lives because it’s signaling a beginning of a different phase. Also, even when it seems like there’s nothing going on–that metaphorically we’re in a wintertime phase–we can have faith that our cover crops are still growing, still doing their thing, so that when our springtime comes, our lives will burst forth in beautiful blossoms.

Remember: Nothing ever completely ends; there’s always something new coming up!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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A Thought to Ponder

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ice_climbing_in_the_United_States

 

Climbing

WHO climbs the mountain does not always climb.
The winding road slants downward many a time;
Yet each descent is higher than the last.
Has thy path fallen?  That will soon be past.
Beyond the curve the way leads up and on.
Think not thy goal forever lost or gone.
Keep moving forward; if thine aim is right
Thou canst not miss the shining mountain height.
Who would attain to summits still and fair,
Must nerve himself through valleys of despair.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Let’s take a contemplative approach today. We may be busy with many other tasks and obligations today, but have an attitude of contemplation.

Take an over-arching view of everything you’re doing today and, as the poem above says, see that everything is a phase. Sometimes it feels as if you’re trying to climb a sheer cliff, but at other times you are in a place where the view is breathtaking and exhilarating.

Wherever you are in your journey today, know that it’s a phase and there’s something bigger, better, and more waiting for you right around the corner.

Remember to take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren