A New Season: Part 1

The end of the past year's harvest and feat.

Dear Me,

What if you are the farmer of your life?

Would a farmer cast his whip to begin tilling the soil with no plow? If so, he is unprepared to carry out his task. Might this farmer have been you?

The end of the past year's harvest and feast.
The end of the past year’s harvest and feast.

Winter is almost over. Are you ready? What do you want to cultivate by the end of this year? Before you start your list, have you taken inventory of all the gifted lessons you received during the past year?

Open the shed door and check your tools. Where is your plow? You may find tools you have overlooked for quite some time that need repair and/or are of no use to you anymore. You will find new tools too. Carefully inspect your tools before you begin tilling. What will you use them for? Do you know how to use them?

Investigate. What was it designed for? Know their shape and cut. When the season calls for them to be used, you will know where the tools lie. Patience. An orchard does not grow over night. Before you can plant, you must till the soil. Before you till the soil, you must have a plow, otherwise you are whipping yourself in circles. Prepare for your soil to be freshly tilled so the process is less hazardous.

How do you find out what tools you have in your shed?

Have a seat with a pen, piece of paper, and timer. Make sure it is quiet. Set the time for two minutes. Take a deep breath, start the time, and on the exhale begin to free-write about your past year. What do you remember from the year? What did or did not happen? If this is too broad, focus on something you would like to see grow (e.g. Finances, Health, Business, Relationships, Personal Growth, etc. You will need to take two minutes for each and later discover how they are related because they are). You only have two minutes. Details are not important at this time. Remain objective.

Oh! Dear, dear Me. Maybe you should think about keeping a journal in the new year?

Going through the tool shed
Going through the tool shed.

Breathe. Read over your writing. The tools are right in front of you. Do you recognize them? How sharp are they? Perhaps if you combine these two old lessons, you will have a new and improved tool.

What did and did not work for you? Why? What did you do in this circumstance? Breathe and relax. Try using these one word responses: Did you “sit, crawl, stand, walk, jump, or fly.” What have you learned? Sometimes you forget.

Your past is full of lessons. If you have remained objective, you will notice it is time to make a different approach, whether to leave it alone, or notice if you have paid attention to it at all. You will be able to Lean Forward with greater strides because you have gained wisdom from your past to help guide you.

Bringing some organization to the shed.
Bringing some organization to the shed.

You are sweating profusely! Pulling weed and warding off insects is not an easy task. Cultivating a crop that will feed just you alone for an entire year takes work that you will be thankful for next harvest. Just imagine the offers you will be able to present to yourself if you keep up maintenance for your crop. You can do it!

Now, maybe you empathize with the farmer whose crop was not so plentiful. It is okay. Let judgement walk off the premises. You are now accountable for and capable of getting to the root of your weeds. Take responsibility. You can start by identifying: “Why were they here? Where did they come from? When did you leave the farm and for how long? Did you pull weeds?”

Feelings will arise, and they are valid. This is your farm farmer.  You must discover what does and does not work for you and learn from it so that you can use it as healthy compost. Be gentle with your self. Find the positive in every circumstance so that you may be a producer of greatness. You farmer, are a wise strategist who only looks to positively multiply your process.

Pace your self!
Pace your self. Notice how certain tools relate to each other and can work together.

This is your process of the last year. You are building a foundation to continue this process. Take the time necessary to do it properly so that you avoid causing injury at the beginning of your new journey.

Dear Me,

It has been a long day. From now on, use every journal entry as a landmark to your mountaintop. Today you are marking the beginning of remodeling your home. Explore what it means to you. Your journal will help to catch you when you feel like you are falling. It will also help you to remember  your vision.

Rest. You have done a great deal of work. Come back tomorrow.
Rest. You have done a great deal of work. If you are truly serious about improving your crop, you will come back tomorrow. There is not overnight pill that will get you better results than your hands and feet.

You, Farmer, have taken another step on the beautiful journey that is your process. Grab a wheat stem, put it in your mouth, and relax in your rocking chair on the porch. The sun is setting. have your self a glass of water and look over your field. Smile. You have only begun. Tomorrow you will come back and continue. Let the dust settle for now. You might find another tool while you sleep!

This is going to be a wonderful year.
Remember you. Believe in you. See you. Love you.
Begin this very moment.

Lean Forward…


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