The Backyard Metaphor for Life
– Andy Wade –
A quick look yields some obvious points:
- You reap what you sow.
- Some things simply can’t be rushed.
- Planning and preparation yield the greatest results.
- There will always be pests.
- Many of the things you thought were pests actually have an important role to play – they just need to be better understood.
- There will also be “beneficials”, those that join you in the process of bearing fruit.
Spending a bit more time exploring, one discovers a deeper level of truth:
- Planting all the same crop in one space increases the chances of problems, while diversity yields mutually beneficial results.
- My garden is not just for me, it’s a celebration of life and beauty shared with neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers.
- An abundant garden produces abundant and healthy fruit… which can be shared with others and become a source of celebration and joy.
- You always have a choice how to deal with problems – there are toxic methods that simply attack, and there are gentler, less destructive approaches.
Stepping deeper into the backyard reveals even more:
There is way more going on here than meets the eye!
- The less you disturb the soil the more time you’ll have to enjoy and celebrate the harvest.
- Spend more time looking and listening than being busy all the time “fixing things”.
Now here’s an interesting exercise: go through the above lists slowly and think more specifically:
- How do these ideas apply to my family?
- How do these ideas apply to my neighborhood?
- How do these ideas apply to my church community?
- How do these ideas apply to my city or town?
I did, and the insights were amazing!
One final lesson just learned from venturing into the garden after finishing this post: Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you’re just going to get stung. Don’t blame the bee; it’s their natural reaction and actually costs them plenty! Suck it up and move forward! (But did it have to sting me between the toes?!!)