Monday Musings – On Gardening and Going Slow

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius

Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to keep going when you don’t feel like you’re making any progress. Especially when you fall into the trap of comparing your progress to someone else’s.

I struggle with this too. It’s one of my greatest problems. It’s particularly hard when I look at my writing. “Publish more often”, “Write every day”, “Blog at least once a week”, and other messages are repeated ad nauseam to authors nowadays, as if we didn’t have lives outside of our writing that need tending to. I look at other authors and see what they are accomplishing and despair of ever getting where I want to be. In the race between the tortoise and the hare…I feel like the snail.

As I was working in my garden this past week, the message of going slow was brought to my attention. Each plant is different. Each plant has its own schedule, its own needs, and each bears its unique fruit. And sometimes, it’s better to pinch off the first blossoms in order to produce more growth later.

It doesn’t matter where you’re at right now. Do what you can with what you have. Don’t, under any circumstances, compare yourself to others. What is good for them may not be good for you. One plant may need a lot of water, while another will die with the same amount. We can all participate in feeding and beautifying the world through our creative endeavors.

Do you have any other ways you use to keep from comparing yourself to others?

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