July 28

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 28: “A little patience is better than a lot of regret.”― Andrena Sawyer

I had a great experience of how my impatience on a project caused me a lot of work later on. I moved into my current home 3 years ago.

There is a lot of garden space here, and I had some help to create one of the largest of my bedding areas, but did not dig up an old bed as deeply as it needed to be dug. “Too much work” was my excuse at the time, and I wanted to put it off till later. Since then, I really believed I was going to leave this home for another, so did not do it.

I just signed another 2-year lease and knew I needed to do this particular project, because nothing was growing well in this bed. So, I had to dig 3 feet down to get rid of a plastic liner that was put in probably 15 years or more ago. Ugh! Meanwhile, the bed was raised with brick, so it was all about digging into a long hole, about 25 feet by 5 feet, and 3 feet deep…a lot of work.

Good work, to be sure, but without a great deal of reward, since the bed was already established. Not like I could look at it and see an addition to my garden. But it will allow things to grow without the roots rotting because of the plastic.

Anyway, I kept thinking about how many lessons in patience I am getting this month. I always do when I write about patience. So interesting, but I am not a huge fan. It took 3 days of intense digging to complete the project, and I am happy it is done. Next one is to move my raspberry patch to another location with more sun. It is only 2 feet deep and about 6 feet by 4 feet. Not as bad a move, and I can do it in October when raspberry season is over. Yay!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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