“Bloggers As Culture Vultures” is the title of one of Conrad Hake's posts on his entertaining and multi-dimensional blog, Leveraged Intelligence. I'll leave you to form your own opinions of his post. When you spend time reading the riches you'll discover there, you'll note that he welcomes opinions which “may not necessarily express the viewpoints of that station”...er, blog.
We reap ideas from a variety of sources. Conrad, you have helped sow the seeds that have grown into this post. Your compliment is a prime example of inspiration and encouragement in action. Thank you, my friend.
Here are some random thoughts gleaned from growing up on a farm:
- Before the crops could be planted, the soil needs to be prepared. (manure and ploughing) What are you doing to prepare your “soil?” What do you need? Food? Tools? Teacher?
- Something that is missing in today's era of super-farms is the concept of allowing fields to lie fallow. This allows the soil to regenerate. How about you? Do you allow yourself adequate down-time and rest? Sleep is necessary for restoration. Sometimes it takes time to integrate new learnings.
- Are weeds cropping up, draining your plants of precious nutrients, choking out the healthy new growth? What is choking you? What do you need to weed-out?
- Are you struggling to do the bare minimum to look after your field? Why is that? Is stress robbing you of vital energy?
- Even though it stinks, you still have to shovel it. There is no getting around it – a barn needs to be cleaned. What dirty jobs are you neglecting?
- We used the previous year's potatoes to start the new crop. What resources do you already have that you can use in your next project or adventure?
- Every spring, we would have to go around and repair the fences that snowmobilers cut. It was expensive, time-consuming and very necessary. Without good fences, the livestock would escape. Do you need a fence? Or is your fence too high – keeping out the good, as well as the bad?
- One thing a farmer learns early on is that he cannot control the weather. Think of stress as the storm that doesn't let up, preventing you from reaping a magnificent harvest. Family members get ill, someone loses a job, a life is taken, you get transferred to another department. Do you have tools and techniques in place to weather out the storm, so that the minimum amount of damage is done?
A farmer knows that it is important to pay attention to all of these things. How about you? Do you have the resilience needed to go on or are you “buying the farm?”