Growing Good with Our Own Two Hands
The seeds catalogs have been arriving in my mailbox for a couple of weeks. Today is the day I shall begin my quest to plan our 2015 garden. It’s such an exciting endeavor and I always overestimate the number of plants and seeds required. It will be several months before we plant our seeds in starter trays, but the dream begins now. The final results will vary according to my commitment and the weather. Weeds affect things. Little hands that eagerly pull plants from the ground a bit too early affect things. In spite of it all, planting a seed is relatively simple and growing takes care of itself for the most part … as long as I’m willing to put in my share of the effort, get my hands dirty and do my part as best I can.
John Gardner, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson said,
“Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.”
The only way to achieve excellence is to make the effort. And then try again and again and again. The wanting to learn, the desire to do better than our last attempt, the satisfaction from knowing we’ve done our best work, that’s what matters — determination to give it our all and then try harder next time. It’s a belief in due diligence. Until we succeed.
“Much [of our effort] today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”
And I particularly appreciate this thought:
“The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.”
And I leave you with this Gardner quote. Food for thought:
“America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments.
Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.”
We should all be planting seeds … and pulling weeds.
And that’s how we get to the ‘growing good’ part.