Thursday, December 01, 2016

Advent: Prepare

Our yard has terrible soil, so every year I prepare for the spring by gathering up the leaves that fall and tossing them into the compost pile. It's a yearlong process that involves mixing in vegetable scraps, eggshells, weeds and other biodegradable waste, but most of the work gets done by the worms, and the molds and other fungi that live in the pile.

Some of the most important tasks that need to be done are nightmarishly oversize. They require a lot of work to complete, but a simple act of preparation can make the task so much more maneagable. I'll still need to pull weeds and the weather can make or break this year's crop, but when you're in it for the long haul, this sort of routine preparation makes a big difference. It can set in motion forces on your side that you never even thought about and lay the groundwork for results that surpass your expectations.

"The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Copyright © 2016 by David Learn. Used with permission.

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