Cultivation / by William Bennett

The seeds we plant today aspire the roots for the evolutions of tomorrow.  Just as “the words you speak become the house you live in.”- Hafiz. For me, the foraging fall season always seems to encourage harvest. Just as carrots grown from seeds take around four months to mature, the human spirit is always accepting change and its process. Process to progress is continuously being embraced.

Carrots grow best in full sun but tolerate some shade. The process of re-branding for me has encouraged me to embrace the uncomfortable. The gardener learns more in the mistakes then in the successes. This season I am committing myself to holding open space for vulnerability. I already have a garden full of fruitful harvest, yet I continually desire progress. For me progress is not just in mastering what’s comfortable, it’s about nurturing discomfort. What is mastering anyway? Aren’t we always looking to cultivate evolution in our present skills but also our journey?  If the carrots soil is too rich in a certain nutrient it will cause the carrots to become hairy and malformed. It is important for the soil to remain balanced. For such, a balanced foundation is wholesome. And thus, the figure of speech “jack of all trades, master of none” always comes to mind. Not that I am inferring careless “mastering skills” but beyond that I am encouraging cultivation of all. To expand ones journey one must leave safe harbor.

A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what a ship was built for.
— William H. Shedd.

Here’s to planting new seeds, leaving harbor, cultivating my journey and reaping harvest.

Cheers,

Denman Bennett