This is my Plant of Hope. I have learned that hoping without continuous focused effort produces little or nothing. The bigger the game, the greater amount of action is required. People sometimes “fail” because they fail to put in the required amount of action or the correct action . Along the way with careful observation one learns to balance this action/result ratio. Balance requires knowing when things are out of balance and then restoring it. I have spent my life re-tooling my balance, for life is constantly knocking all of us off balance. It is something that we must constantly refine.
Over the past 10 weeks I have commuted three hours round trip and billed 10 hours every day. In my spare time, I have kept myself healthy and worked on my second novel, “Twisted.”
Over these past ten weeks, I have also applied to sit on one of the advisory boards for Baltimore City. In addition, I have begun the paperwork to create a non-profit that encourages children to read. The foundation will be called “Write On!”
I believe if you can write a story, you can write your life. If you can read you can escape the boundaries of the physical earth. I know, as a child I escaped through reading.
But back to the plant. I took a picture of that plant at the first of this year, at that time the plant looked dead:
It takes courage and faith to stay in action, especially when things look bleak as this plant did when I planted it. But my belief and desire that I could make it grow kept me watering it regularly. I also looked at it carefully every day. For many days I saw the same dead looking plant. A month into this campaign the plant showed the tiniest bit of growth and I was over joyed.
Here’s a picture of the plant on January 29th of this year.
During these ten busy weeks, I did not neglect the plant. I made time to care for it because it was important to me. That’s just what you do when you have competing commitments. You must pay attention to all things important or they wither, die and disappear.
While I call this my Plant of Hope it is also my Plant of Love, because that’s what you do when you love someone, you make time to care and nurture. Plants are a great metaphor for life. Find something to grow, whether it be a plant, a career, a relationship or hobby.
I will take the next photo in April.
With Love and Light,