For many cultures throughout history, winter, particularly January through March, has been recognized as the moment in time to most successfully reflect on the past and envision for the future. Though this winter has not always felt like winter, it’s still important use this time to reflect and acknowledge that life can be filled with unexpected changes. The way we perceive certain aspects of life will undoubtedly change we continue on our journey.
Building a plan or vision for the beginning of the growing season is an important step for helping a natural space evolve into a rich environment for producing food. Whether over the next few months or over a period of years, a vision acts as a malleable structure that can act as a roadmap to explore the creative process. Gardening, like many forms of art, doesn’t dictate the right or wrong way to create. While in the garden, there are essential elements that are needed to sustain life, but the trial and error of design can be one of the best ways to explore curiosity, be creative, and practice patience.
Gardening provides the opportunity to realize a mistake or stumble when attempting a new project. Though it’s incredibly easy to let setbacks fuel doubt, even to the point of abandoning the entire project, patience, a willingness to smile genuinely at mistakes, and a sincere effort to realize these mistakes are moments for learning and growth. Running into struggles and failures can transform into opportunities with a wealth of potential.
Gardening, as with life is met with challenges. We have a lot to learn from the natural world’s ability to adapt and often thrive in the midst of struggle. During your winter reflection, allow your creativity to be as diligent as invasive species and you will no doubt uncover a masterpiece.