I made a wise decision last night. I had planned to work on the “stop sign beds” in Caddo since Gary was working the night shift. Three of the stop signs at our four-way stop in downtown Caddo are planted in cement pipes. This is a photo from last year. I usually plant them for Easter weekend, but with our strange weather and my health I am just getting around to them.
Well, after school I stopped at Lowe’s and began gathering the plants I needed. I’ve already planted flame grass in the Buffalo bed that holds the fourth stop sign, so each of the others gets flame grass as well. Last year I planted sweet potato vine, but last fall I decided I wanted something more permanent so I planted ivy in each “pot” and it is doing well. I bought three more pots of ivy to supplement. However, as I began to choose coreopsis and marigolds I made a decision to only complete one container. I was already tired and I decided that this year the project could be a work in progress. (I should also note that I usually have a very capable and willing helper, but she is currently on vacation in TN.)
By the time I returned home at 6:30 I was exhausted!
In the past I would have considered it my duty to complete all three of those pots. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to think I had “quit”, or couldn’t handle the task. What nonsense! I realized that I’m doing something no one else wants to do and everyone seems to appreciate, so they don’t care when I do it or how long it takes. Several people stopped to say “thanks” and one offered to buy plants! I’ll just finish at whatever pace feels right.
I think there are some other areas of my life that would benefit from that attitude! I am a work in progress! I’m always trying to “complete the task” instead of enjoying the journey. Time to slow down a bit. Pace myself. Relax. The tortoise eventually gets across the same finish line as the hare. J