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Having recently entered the level of adulting known as “Homeowner,” the past few months have taught me more than I thought possible about measuring responsibility and achievement, and added an entirely new category to my ideas of “productivity” and “busy-ness.” Always a student of life, I have gratefully, and sometimes grudgingly, accepted the many lessons I have encountered. This is a short collection of just a few of the lessons I have learned, and I am sure there are many more to come!
I am continually amazed at the astounding amount of life that exists in the nooks and crannies of my backyard, whether in the dirt, carefully nestled among the plants, or waiting to surprise me just beyond the steps of my back porch. This veritable microcosm of the eco-universe offers me a small-scale view of the grand systems of nature. A few of the key lessons I have absorbed from my time in this microverse:
In my attempt to convince the jungle it would rather be a backyard, I have learned the incredible value of persistence, persistence, water breaks, and more persistence. I have yet to learn, however, how to accurately estimate the time, energy and stamina necessary for any yard work endeavor. If we learn from our mistakes, I have quite a way to go before I achieve some level of education. A few of the things that have managed to stick in my head:
And of course, the whole purpose of having a back yard is to appreciate in awed stillness the miracle of Life, the Universe, and Everything (that is the purpose of a backyard, isn’t it?). What could possibly bring more satisfaction and a greater sense of connection than taking just a few moments to pause and exist, and then consider the impossibility that anything could ever be better than it is right now? A simple lesson here: