I started thinking about the word perseverance this week when I saw the maple tree in our backyard. Before putting out any leaves a maple tree first produces seeds, these seeds have tails on them which cause them to spin in the wind. We called them, “whirly gigs” when we were kids. Once ready, they leave the tree in the thousands when a breeze comes and they “fly” everywhere. When they land it doesn’t take them long to spring up into tiny trees and yet they don’t all make it to maturity. There are many reasons that none of them should make it to become a tree and still many do. I don’t like giving personality to “things”, but the seeds must have perseverance to become a tree.
The same goes for most other plants including flowers, herbs, grasses, etc. they all produce an abundance of seeds to reproduce. When it comes to cultivating a garden we take it on ourselves to take the seeds and plant them so as to carefully produce food for ourselves and others. I think that is the reason I enjoy gardening so much, because even though you can never be sure that something will grow, you have the satisfaction of hoping every time you water or weed around a plant that your care and perseverance will soon pay off and you can reap the benefits of your labor.
Everyday, anything that someone decides to do must have perseverance behind it in order to bring it to completion. Yes, farming is a lot of work, and sometimes it may seem like a daunting task to try to “feed the world”, but when you think back on history and all that people accomplished 100, 200 years ago and how far we have come in inventions and systems, you realize that we have a pretty good chance of it if only everyone would do a little bit. Even if you don’t farm you can be a wise consumer. One of my favorite books of Joel’s is Holy Cows and Hog Heaven because it is so practical for so many people. I highly recommend that you read this book if you would like to have a better understanding of the “food” world.
How about you, what do you like to do that requires perseverance on your part?