Taoism

Beware of pushing too hard for something you want, or the harder you may be resisted. 
 
Instead, let go of control. Wait quietly and listen.  When the time is right you will know it. When the answer is there you will see it. In effect, decide not to decide until all doubts evaporate and the path opens.
 One spring morning long ago, my son and I drove into what I thought was our still-frozen salt marsh to cut cedar fenceposts — only to see the truck’s front wheels sink into March mud up to their hubs. The nearest winch was a two-mile walk, but the truck was in a good spot for cutting and filling it with cedar logs, so we walked away from the problem and went about the business of doing what we came for.
“Don’t push it,” I thought. “When the time is right, an answer will come.”
A rhythm developed in our cutting and limbing cedar posts, so my mind relaxed, and by and by it occurred to me that a thick cedar log could serve as a fulcrum, and a long tree trunk as a lever, so we put the parts in place, putting one end of the lever under the truck’s front frame, then pushed down with all our weight and up the truck came, out of its mud prison.
 
We put a few short logs down for traction, then cut our lever to fencepost length and drove home.
 
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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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