Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! What are you doing today to connect with your community? If you find yourself as one of those people that has a hard time saying “no” to new projects and opportunities, then this might be a challenging question. While there is tremendous value in self-selecting and prioritizing which new projects you involve yourself in for the sake of value, it’s easy to get stuck in a “lack of time” mind frame. We are all busy with families, work commitments, and hopefully some individual pursuits of passion, so to suggest that there might be room in your life or day-to-day to add another to-do can be cheeky.
Since the birth of my son, I joke with my husband around dinner time that I feel like I just woke up and need a do-over. The days go by so fast, I hardly feel accomplished. But, laughing aside, when I take time to reflect on the many mini events of the day, I can see how full 24 hours can be. I must admit, this MLK Jr. Day, I stayed home. I started my first loaf of bread for the year (here’s presuming there will be more, new year’s resolution #2), enjoyed the sunshine on the porch swing with the baby, and visualized the spring garden. Because we live in a rental, I am reluctant to dig in and rearrange irrigation and build more permanent fixtures like raised beds. So, I picked up 6 bales of straw from a neighbor in Henderson (thanks Duane!). My goal is to grow food for my family to eat (see new year’s resolution #2). I can’t wait for my son to have his first carrots homegrown in the backyard. I checked out the book Straw Bale Gardening from the library and have a plan now. In theory, the bales will retain moisture while creating their own compost as the plants grow through the year. After the last harvest, I can shovel them all into the side yard to compost completely. Follow this blog for updates!
While I may not be spending his birthday directly in the service of others, I hold his wisdom and call to action to heart. I will keep my eyes open to whatever mini way I can make a connection, finding abundance in time and in harvest (new year’s resolution #3) and sharing the surplus with my neighbors.