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Back by Popular Demand: Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 2

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This post was originally published on June 16, 2014.

 

 

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!

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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!

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

 

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Wisdom from the Farm: Living Life Full Out

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Look out your window and you will see squirrels scampering in the trees, you’ll hear birds singing, you’ll feel the warmth of the sun or perhaps you’ll feel a soft breeze on your face.

 

The point is: Life does NOT wait around! Life is busy living!

 

Stop leaving your dreams on the table.

Stop putting your life off until a later time.

Your Destiny is waiting for you!

 

Take a page out of Life’s book and get busy living your soul-prospering life.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Wisdom from the Farm: The Strawberry Patch Part 1

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This was originally posted on June 13, 2014, nearly four years ago to the day! The subject matter is still topical and relevant today. Read on and let me know what you think. Thanks!

 

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.

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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!

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

 

Wisdom from the Farm: Nature IS Nurture – 3 Quotes

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Our lives get so busy with tasks, projects, and even with the goals we set for ourselves. We have responsibilities, obligations. People depend on us; we depend upon ourselves.   We’re pulled this way and pushed that way.

ACK! What are we supposed to do about it all??!

The answer is Nature.   Nature IS nurture! Nature can restore our balance.

We don’t have to travel to exotic locales or far-flung lands to be nurtured by Nature. While it’s wonderful to stroll through a cool forest or walk along a sandy beach, we can still be balanced and restored by a vase of flowers or a “common” houseplant.

When you’re with Nature, whether it’s spending time in a magnificent park or observing the weeds growing alongside the road, take a moment to observe what you are seeing and experiencing.

For instance, look closely at a flower. Notice how it’s put together, the richness of the color, and how its color is made up of different hues and a variety of shadings. Look how velvety the petals are and how they shine and glow in the sunlight.

Immerse yourself in that flower. Observe it deeply it will astonish you. Let it blow your mind and open your soul.

Here are three quotes that can help you get into the right frame of mind:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

 

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time. ~Katrina Mayer

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Gifts of Nature

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It’s that time of year again: the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms are open for the season. Yippee!

Today I was at the farm picking strawberries. As I was doing this, my thoughts drifted here and there.

At one point, I found myself back in the small strawberry patch my mother had at the side of our house. I remember early in the morning going out and helping her water and weed the patch, spread cheesecloth over the plants so the birds wouldn’t get at the berries, and I remember sneaking a strawberry or two as I worked alongside her!

My family and I couldn’t wait for dinner to be over because we knew we’d have strawberry shortcake made with fresh, ripe, sweet strawberries from our very own strawberry patch!

As I was enjoying this memory, I found myself relaxing and noticing nature’s beauty around me:   bees going from blossom to blossom; birds singing in the nearby trees, and nature’s abundance–plenty of delicious berries for people and plenty for animals and insects. I noticed, too, that my pace slowed and I felt joy bubbling up inside.

As we start the week, let’s promise ourselves to connect with nature each day and absorb the gifts it has for us. We can do this by taking a moment to look out the window and notice the trees and flowers, the squirrels scampering in the trees, and birds soaring in the sky.   Allow the scene that you see infuse you with peace and calm.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Giving Way

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One thing that’s been abundantly clear in my observations of the farm is that it transforms–is constantly changing. One crop finishes, the soil is plowed and prepared for a different crop.

Certain vegetables grow in the cool weather of early spring and these give way to vegetables that grow in the warmer weather of summer. Once these summer vegetables are finished, they give way to crops that grow well in the cooler, shorter autumn days. And once these food crops are finished for the growing season, they give way to the cover crops of winter.

This is like us in our own lives. As much as we want things to stay the same, they don’t. We may think some things stay the same, but they really don’t. For instance, we get up and go to work at the same place we’ve worked at for years. We do mostly the same work and we see mostly the same colleagues and customers and vendors. But if we’re really honest, things have changed. They may be small changes, but they’re changes nonetheless.

Change is inevitable. But as the farm shows us, this isn’t a bad thing at all. The tasty crops of early spring give way to the delicious crops of summer that then give way to the flavorful crops of autumn.

And this is the same in our lives. Change happens, one thing gives way to another. And there are good things within that change.

Let the transformation, the change, happen. Know that as one thing gives way, another good thing is coming to you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Surprises

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I met a friend of mine for coffee this morning and as we were chatting about what each of us has been doing, she said, “But you have to leave room in your day for surprises.” She then told me that she and her husband were in New York City this past weekend and a hawk swooped low over their heads. She said it was surprising, for sure, but wonderful at the same time.

A little while later, I was picking up my farm shares–the last ones of the season. As I was in the field, I was thinking of what she said about the little surprises here and there throughout each day.

We’d had a hard frost over the weekend and the farmer had told us that there wasn’t much in the fields–a few herbs and that was it. I walked over to the flowers anyway because you never know….

When I got there, I saw only brown stalks mixed in with some green plants, but no flowers. As I turned to leave, a bit of color caught my eye. When I looked closer, to my surprise, I saw a few delicate blue flowers, a little bit of red Cockscomb, and a few stems of Snapdragons. To my delight, I was able to gather a small bouquet!

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Your homework today is to leave room in your busy schedule for surprises. It isn’t always about striving, producing, achieving; it’s also about being. Keep your eyes peeled and your awareness alert for unexpected moments of delight, happiness, and wonder.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren