tend your garden

A fresh year lies before us, it's pain and pleasures lie tightly furled and hidden from our eyes and ears. As we are swept into the year it can be easy to focus on productivity and tasks, questions like, what do I want to achieve? What do I want to do? How many people do I want to reach? May be circling around your head. Before you get lost in the pressure to create measurable outcomes stop a minute and think about what happens if you view your life as a garden. If as we enter the year we focus on tending the garden (tending our own being), then a premature counting of the fruit (measurable outcomes) is removed. Instead we need to think about the seasons, the soil, the conditions and the needs of the plants. We then arrive at a different set of questions to focus our year. We can think about who we are and who we want to become, we can think about what strengths and virtues we want to grow and the values that we want to express. We can focus on what we want to grow in ourselves rather than what we want to achieve.

Here are some questions to think about

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