In A Shot Of Optimism

Nashville has finally left the cold weather behind, and on Saturday – a gloriously warm day – I planted coleus, begonias, and creeping Jenny. It was dark before I could get the herbs in the outdoor pots, still overgrown and leaf-covered from last fall.

Sunday was supposed to be rainy, but when I woke it was still dry. So, taking time out only to brush my teeth and pull on some clothes, I headed out to see if I could get a little bit done.

Knowing time was short, I worked quickly – cleaning out the pots, adding fresh dirt and planting sweet basil, thyme, tarragon, and mint. Never mind the sticks blown down by last week’s rain, leaves that should be blown out of the beds, and a pollen-covered table inside the screened porch. I moved from one pot to the next, and before I knew it, it was done!

I felt energized. And still no rain.

So I moved to other pots, pulling out weeds and dead plant material, cutting back ivy, and even picking up sticks.

Finally, the rain came.

Did I do everything I needed to outside? No, but I got a lot more done than I thought I could. The limited amount of time helped me focus on just one thing – getting the herbs planted.

Time limits and deadlines can be a great gift.

How many times do we say to ourselves: I don’t have time to do that (whatever that is) . . . I’ll just do it later. 

But later becomes later and later – or even never.

The truth is, we often have more time than we think we have. Our next appointment runs late or gets canceled at the last minute. Whatever we thought would interrupt us, doesn’t.

So when you have a little bit of time, use it. You could be surprised by how much you can do when you do just a little bit.

Until next Tuesday.



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