Growing season approaches imprecise commencement of its dormant phase, squirrels fattening while migratory birds and snow-birds make plans.
I love the chill that accompanies autumnal mornings. Inspiring – for hunkering in cozy space, layered sweaters – or encouraging us to spend the coming months in sunny climes, put our feet up. But that’s not what feet are for. Feet are used for pounding pavement and treadmills, but mostly they represent mobility and agility.
To stay physically agile, we need to also stay mentally sharp.
When growing season ends, planting renews our growth.
Otherwise, we fall like leaves, get ground to dust – then blown away. As if we were never here.
We can plant seeds. Not in soil. Installed in fertile minds. Our own first, then others – fertilize and hoe those rows. Then harvest. Repeat until you can’t.
We produce work, plant ideas, grow business muscles, coach growth in others – business cycles, like seasons, can produce bountiful growth. Don’t wait till spring to plant ideas. Don’t wait for sunny weather to coax growth and mind expansion. Somebody famous once said, “The best way to succeed is where you are with what you’ve got.” Seasons don’t matter. It’s our attitude that counts.
We all know this kind of farming. We are trained to think, to problem-solve, and to be creative. True, the educational institutions and workplaces we’ve known systemically drummed that out of us. But not completely.
We can, if we think we can. If we believe we can’t, then we can’t. (a twist on Henry Ford’s words)