Becoming Simple

Mastering Small, Simple Tasks

This past weekend was the first weekend where we had a chance to slow the pace down and relax a bit after all the chaos we have recently experienced.  I was able to get a number of small things done that had been bothering me only slightly.  For instance, the front driveway light on the lamppost was not working.  After trying three different bulbs, I determined I must have hit the electric line with the weed whacker.  Simple ten minute fix once I determined what the issue was. (More on this important topic here.)

I moved on to completing an important task of clearing off a storage rack and then moving it out of the way so I could fit the Mahindra tractor into the garage for winter storage.  I was originally concerned that I would not have enough room to maneuver around it once it was in there but I was pleasantly surprised once it was that I had ample room to navigate around the tool benches.

As we get to the time of year where we can slow down a bit I tend to read more and spend only slightly more time indoors depending on the weather.  I have been reading a book by Eliot Coleman The Winter Harvest Handbook.  This is a very insightful publication for anyone who is interested in farming or making their farming better.  While reading this book I had somewhat of an epiphany.  Over the course of my adult life I have had the habit of making tasks more complicated and difficult than they need to be.  I also have thought that someone would always be there to scrutinize my work and tell me that it was wrong or not good enough.  More on that at a later time.

Yesterday as I took inventory of my available seed stock I realized I had more than I needed on hand and didn’t need to order as much as I initially thought.  As I sat and pondered if the seed was still viable I also thought I will just put it in the starting process and see if it germinates.  If it does, that’s great. If it doesn’t, I will get some more.  How simpler could it be?

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Child Tying Shoe

I have now become determined to simplify as many aspects of my life as possible.  Can’t get water to the greenhouse?  Put some water in a can or container and carry it to the greenhouse.  How simple is that?  All our plans don’t have to be 12 month plans, but they can be 21 day plans as that is the maturity to harvest with the radish seeds I have.

We have a tendency to get caught up in our own devices and always or almost always make tasks much more difficult as they need to be.  I have determined that 2017 will be the year of simplification for me and we shall do the most with the little that we have.

Leave a comment and let us know what you can do more of with less.



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