Wisconsin Farm Girl
I am a gardener. I was raised in Wisconsin in the country. We lived in a farmhouse set on a two hundred and fifty acre plot of land. I always loved the springtime because that was when my Granny and I planted the garden. Those lessons I learned as a girl have served me well.
Tending the Garden
As farmers, we had a yearly ritual. We began by turning and feeding the soil. We drove to the hardware store where we picked out our favorite seeds—tomatoes, pickles [Granny never called them cucumbers], lettuce, onions, peppers, beans, and the list goes on.
Key to Success
One of the key ingredients to our success was our disciplined care after the planting. Over the following months we would water, weed, and feed our plantings. The better the job we did tending our garden, the greater the abundance and quality of the food it produced. Our reward was the fresh food we enjoyed over the summer and into the autumn. We also canned our favorites to enjoy plenty of great food over the winter months.
The Harvest Multiplies
A small packet of seeds produced a huge bounty of nourishing food. The seeds multiplied according to our disciplined effort. The more aware we were of pests, weeds and so forth, the heartier and more abundant the harvest.
Reaping more than what we sow
Likewise, the seeds we plant in our lives, the actions we take, also produce a harvest. Hard work, integrity, education, fitness, and other things we do to improve our lives pay off in—achievement, learning, and physical stamina in direct proportion to our disciplined efforts.
More importantly on a personal level—the more disciplined I am about respecting and caring for people: my spouse, family, friends, and business associates, the greater and more rewarding my relationships with these people will be.