Today I surpassed a personal milestone. A year ago February, I set out to write every day for a year. During that time, the earth made a complete revolution around the sun. Four seasons came and went. Garden squirrels came and went too, along with aphids, scale and thrips. Raccoons dropped by, leaving tell-tale paw prints next to the overturned sod before washing there ‘hands’ in the fountain. It’s every critter for themselves in the world of gardeningnirvana.
Writing daily was sometimes challenging, but it was always worthwhile. I gained confidence along the way. Dr. Seuss said it best:
“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ‘blog’ will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
The good doctor was right. Here’s what I won:
- The ability to persevere through illness, fatigue and, yes, procrastination.
- Discipline, in both writing and gardening.
- Goal-setting. It had been awhile since I set such a lofty goal. It was important to me to see it through.
- The most generous, thoughtful, gracious, intelligent and engaged readers a person could hope for. (You know who you are)
*With apologies to Dr. Seuss