Monthly Archives: July 2010

Planting Seeds

It’s not too late in the season to plant seeds. It’s actually never too late when you think metaphorically. I spent some time this morning with my sister at a local farmer’s market held at the Dudley Farm in North Guilford, CT. This farmer’s market has a wonderful variety of vendors that not only include local produce growers, but also bakers, crafters and blue grass musicians. Deb got some luscious looking tomatoes, fresh basil, squash and cucumbers. I found my way to my favorite baker to pick up a giant loaf of cinnamon bread (makes the best ever French Toast).

Clearly the vegetables had been planted early enough in the season to be ready to sell now. However, I had planted a seed at the farm last fall that is just about to bloom, metaphorically. I’d contacted a lovely woman named Phyllis by phone, who organizes the farmer’s market to plan a special book signing event for Nature’s Royal Tea Party. Typical New England weather, the only dates open last Fall were rained out miserably. Today, without planning  it, I finally met Phyllis in person and we picked another date, let’s hope a dry one. There is a point to sharing this story other than self promotion- by the way the date is July 17th from 9am-noon.

Yes, my point- I recommend that anyone wanting to make things happen, whether it’s improving career options, learning a new skill, improving social connections or, in my case, sharing my creative process- just plant seeds. It simply means do something each day, anything,  toward your goal. You won’t always get an immediate result, but it’s really kind of neat how things start to pop up if you plant the seeds to begin with.  A seed I planted in January at a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum grew into an invitation by the New London Public Library to present my book at  the Fish Tales, Tugs and Sails event July 24th (yes, more self promotion, but it’s all good).

You can’t always predict what will grow, but keep planting seeds. You will reap a beautiful garden. Of course planting real seeds is not a bad idea either. A beautiful garden may indeed be the best goal.



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