(Part 1 of Sowing Time can be found here.)
My family has it in mind to plant a new garden this year. In the past we have always grown herbs, but the boys and I are eager to grow vegetables. I have this vision of sitting down to dinner at a table laden with foods that we have cultivated ourselves, so that when we express our gratitude for what is before us, we can know that we had a direct hand in manifesting it into reality.
I just have no idea when I will find the time to do it.
Our lives are so busy, and there are so many things placing demands on our time. It is essential to our well being that we check in with ourselves once in a while and take note of what we are spending our moments on, and make sure that what we are prioritizing is truly in line with our values and desires. It is also essential that we make the distinction between the things that are urgent –a ringing telephone, a stopped up toilet, or an unexpected injury – and the things that are vital – reading a book, spending time with a loved one, planting a garden… In making that distinction, we can acknowledge that it is equally important for us to make the time for the vital elements of life as it is to tend to the urgencies. We can acknowledge, too, that it is equally possible.
That neatly-wrapped excuse, “I don’t have the time”, isn’t really accurate. The truth of it is, I have as much time as the many others who are able to accomplish similar goals, I’m just spending it on other things. The truth of it is, I have the ability, as well as the responsibility, to consciously choose how I spend every moment of my time, as well as the attitude that I bring to it.
When it comes to how you spend your time, what seeds are you sowing? Will the fruit they eventually bear be adequate to feed your soul?
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