Saturday, January 14, 2017

Redefining the Garden

I cannot believe it’s been over three-and-one-half-years since my last post!  Much has happened to keep me away.  To start with, I got married to a wonderful woman from The Philippines who has completely transformed my life.  My wife and I also agreed that a bachelor pad with 1970’s era décor wasn’t a fitting home for a married couple.  The result of this agreement was a complete makeover of our condo, much of which we did ourselves. We also began attending a local Roman Catholic Parish and me, not being Catholic, went through the process of becoming one in April of 2014.  We also took a few trips to California, Vegas, and Minnesota to visit my Mom.  So yes, I was busy, but that’s not the real reason I haven’t posted; the real reason has been a bad case of writer’s block!

In the time prior to my absence I was posting primarily about gardening and plants.  However, I often found myself straying away from the topic, instead writing about cooking, sustainability, farmer’s markets, travel, etc.  I began to realize that what I really wanted my blog to be was a way to help and encourage myself and others to care for ourselves, each other, and our planet.  In other words, I wanted to write about stewardship.

Stewardship, according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, can be defined as “the careful and responsible management entrusted to one’s care.  I struggled and procrastinated for a long time while trying to come up with a post that would bridge the gap from my old gardening blog to my new stewardship blog without changing the title and losing traction.  Finally, the thought occurred to me, I would broaden the scope of and change my own definition of the garden.  When I began to put more thought into this subject I realized that the garden could be a metaphor for our planet Earth which would include caring for all of its resources both living and non-living.  To put it simply, my future posts will be focused on sharing ways that will allow us to care for our planet and all of its inhabitants, and most of all, each other.

To do this I have come up with five main topics that will include all I am interested in writing about. I call them the 4 s’s not to be confused with the 5s’s used in lean enterprises although that in itself would make a great topic for numerous posts.  My 4 s’s are as follows: Stewardship, Spirituality, Sustainability, and Self-Sufficiency.  I may or may not come up with more s’s later. In upcoming posts I will elaborate more on each topic and all future posts will be labeled with one of the 4 s’s.  I can’t wait to get started!

Until the next time, Happy Gardening!

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