Self respect

I once knew a woman, an artist — painter and jewelry-maker. She was terrified of failure. So the dialogue within would go like this: “If I give it everything I have, and it ‘fails,’ then I’m a failure. But if I just make a little mistake — a necklace too short, a fence out of perspective — then it was just a mistake and I’m not a failure.” 
And, like most of us, she undervalued her things, or put no value on them at all. I praised them instead; told her at length that both she and they were worthy. Until  finally — one day, she had the opportunity to place a painting in a gallery in Manhattan. She crated it and sent it off, but never told me the price. (You needed a price to hang something.) I harassed her until finally she told me.

“$5,000,” she said.

It didn’t sell, but that didn’t matter: She’d won. 

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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