Can you read my messy writing? My far from complete ‘can’t wait to-do list’… I was going to rewrite it neatly, but decided to spare the waste and instead trace the pen in rainbow colours to brighten it up for this post.
While the photo is all about my work that is creative, fun, and without strict boundaries, the accompanying haiku refers more to the laborious aspects of working to provide food for our family…
working the body
harvesting diamonds and pearls
feeds autarkic souls
The diamonds I refer to are those we harvest from the ground, the pearls being what we garner from the sea and shore. By now, you know that those aren’t the only gems provided by the earth, our little island, our neighbors, and our homefarm; we harvest, gather, barter, and recycle.
No surprise, it’s not always easy living out a dream. We do it not only to support our family’s food needs and desires to be self-sufficient, but because we genuinely love the physical demands and the creative challenges that come along with choosing this lifestyle. It nourishes our soul as well as our bodies.
The process of providing for one’s self and family gives an energizing rush– though, ironically, we’re often working while feeling sleep deprived. We feel this rush when physical and mental boundaries are stretched to working out of our comfort zones, or sometimes it’s when we find creative/inexpensive solutions by putting our ideas together and trusting one or the other’s better judgement.
I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t admit that there are failures and disappointments, injuries and losses, timelines not met, plans that don’t turn out as expected (or, ugh, never even get started). We get frustrated with ourselves, each other, the community, and the weather. I’d rather talk about the blessings though, not the problems. I prefer to write about the problems after we realize the lessons learnt from them.
Finding the balance between the planning and the trusting, the listing and the letting go, the doing and the just breathing, is something we are getting better at. Like gardening, some things are meant to be learnt over a lifetime, one experience at a time.
Thanks to my friend Ronovan for his inspiring haiku words, ‘diamonds & pearls’, and to the four fab photo friends (myself included) who’s word ‘work’ is the theme of my photo and this post.
I hope all reading this are feeling balance between head and heart in all to do with work and life.