Growing up in the Chicagoland area, fall was a great a season because it meant harvest time. It started with helping Mom out in her garden, where I learned about annuals, perennials, and vegetable gardening. She took great discipline and care with her garden, and our hours together in the yard was a time for her to share the principles upon which she built her life. This was the beginning of my understanding that success is a journey of which harvesting is a small part. As a young girl, I did not look forward to what I saw as the hard part of planting flowers and vegetables, cultivation. This meant digging up the ground, pulling out weeds, pulverizing the ground, spreading fertilizer, spacing and planting seeds or seedlings, followed by days and days of watering and weeding. I was interested in picking flowers and eating fruits and vegetables. I later came to appreciate all the steps leading up to harvest time.
Every year when fall arrives, my gardening memories take me back to the importance of cultivation. It anchors me to a fundamental principle; our harvest is in direct correlation to what we plant. Business results lead us to examine not only what we have planted, but to explore our methods of cultivation.
This harvest season is an occasion to focus on our plans for the future. Although rewarding, a harvest’s true value lies in gaining insight into what can be planted for the years ahead and how we commit to cultivate our plans and actions.
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