In some views of gardening, winter is the time to dig the garden. Ideally there’s a been a hard frost or two, and then you turn over the sods, there’s a few more hard frosts, and the nasty critters get killed off, while the sensible earthworms are deep in the warmer soil. Where I live that kind of gardening could happen, but this year has been so wet that I’m thinking of investing in a water buffalo and putting in a crop of cold-resistant rice…
Nevertheless, this posting celebrates the breaking of new ground – that anticipation of new growth in the warmth of the new spring days, hopefully not too far away. So, what’s growing, what’s germinating?
Somewhere in the posting I will write the word of words – the amazing, earth shaking word that will turn the counter over to the new starting point – 100,000 words. I started writing here on August 1, 2005. Within the year I have written the (to me) astounding volume of words, writing that has given me much cause for reflection and reconsideration of what and who I am. And I have to say, without wanting to appear smug or snotty, I’m pretty pleased with my writing. Some is better than others, but it all builds into a portfolio of work.
And there it goes. According to my calculations, builds was the word that turned the number over. That seems like a good word to work from to me.
While I haven’t been writing here recently, I have been writing and working, building and cultivating, over in our AkoNet web site. Marica and I have both done considerable research into various forms of reflective practice. My particular interest has been in the improvement and development of people who are already demonstrating a high level of competence.
One method for people who are already skilled is to look at areas of their experience that they don’t normally consider. You don’t know what you don’t know, so it’s useful to get some external provocation to start thinking in new ways. We’ve created a couple of options – the On Reflection Journals, and the Thumb Journals (both are available as free downloads).
Thanks for stopping by – it’s nice to have readers. Please check out the journals, and give them a try. I can attest to the surprisingly beneficial and effective impact using them can have on your creative potential. The garden might be mud, but that’s not a reason why the mind can’t be well tilled.