Something I’ve come back to a lot recently is what the farm has taught me about cycles.
I think especially at the beginning of the program it was really sad for me when we cleared a bed. I’d feel bad for the crop we were taking out, mourning the loss of what was there rather than being able to be excited and present for the new crop we were putting in.
I would pity the plants being removed, hoping that if they stayed just a little longer in the bed, they might bounce back. Of course, that would have just delayed the inevitable and doing so would have sacrificed precious time for new plants to get rooted and start growing. It was time to give something new a chance.
As I’ve come to understand at the farm, everything is a cycle. The stages of generation, growth, and eventually decline are not only natural but necessary. We plant things and sometimes they don’t work out for a variety of reasons (weather fluctuations, pests, water issues, etc.) and sometimes they do work out but even then, there comes a time where it makes sense to move on. As the seasons change, as our context changes, so must we.
Being cognizant of this cycle has made me better appreciate the process as a whole. The end of something means the start of something new and to acknowledge the temporariness of that something makes the time of that thing all the more valuable and precious. Everything is a cycle, life is a cycle, which I guess makes the winding down of our program a little less sad (BUT ONLY A LITTLE). It reminds me that we all have our own cycles and we are evolving and changing. Soon it will be time for a new stage in each of our respective cycles, whatever that may be and wherever it may lead us.