Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thinning Out

I think many gardeners would agree with me that thinning out is one of the most difficult aspects to growing plants. Plucking out and discarding perfectly healthy seedlings is hard. Sometimes, I try to transplant them but no matter how well I look after them they never grow as well.

Difficult it may be, but it is essential, otherwise everything becomes overcrowded and none reach their best potential. Last year, my Husband grew lots of parsnips but he didn't get to thin out all of them and they just grew all distorted and intermingled. They were unusable.

So it is with talents. Sometime we have so much going on in our lives that we cannot find the time to concentrate on our talents. Or sometimes (this is a big one for me!!!) we jump from one thing to another with more ideas and interests than could be pursued in several lifetimes, never mind one!
Or sometimes there are people in our lives that we need to thin out, or spend less time or energy on. Everyone has stuff in life that may no longer serve them even though they may have been very valuable to us in an earlier season.

Sometimes it is necessary to thin out the extraneous activities or interests or relationships in order to really grow one talent well. This doesn't mean we can only ever do one thing well though. Maybe this is the season to concentrate on one idea, or one hobby, or one talent. Perhaps some talents will be hardy perennials while others may be half-hardy annuals!

The wonderful thing about life, is that seasons change and there is always the opportunity to cherish what is working for us, or to plant new seeds and start again.

Nourish and Flourish

As in Nature, when we nourish our talents regularly and consistently little seedlings of inspiration grow and flourish.
It is important to treat our talents gently and with respect. As any gardener will tell you, patience is required. No amount of shouting or hurrying will speed up growth.! It is the same with any talent, practice and patience brings rewards. As I regularly tell my students, there is no substitute for practice!!!

I had the pleasure and good fortune to know a wonderful lady called Teresa Kenny, whose motto was 'Concentration, Dedication, Patience'. It is now my adopted motto! Mrs Kenny raised a large, warm, talented, successful family, so obviously her motto paid off. Even the next generation flourished from her wisdom and care. Her granddaughter is the current Rose of Tralee.

I urge you to nurture you talents as gently and tenderly as you would the most delicate seedlings.