Leadership challenge

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn

 

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September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009

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Ferns, Phlox, and Fountain

Just beautiful!

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This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at work, so I’m doing another short post.

Fountain and ferns. Fountain and ferns.

First of all, I wanted to show you a picture of our new fountain, all settled in and with the Cinnamon Ferns (Osmundastrum cinnamomea) growing up around it. The birds seem quite happy with this new source of water. However, you may notice that my attempts to make the fountain level have failed. Some time this summer I will attempt to move the fountain onto a large paver which (I hope) will be easier to keep level.

Fountain with Phlox and Brunnera in bloom. Fountain with Phlox and Brunnera in bloom.

At the base of the fountain there is a clump of Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) and the last flowers of the Heartleaf Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla). These keep the color going now that the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)…

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Five Things I am Thankful For

I have been taught that we are all blessed; some more than others, it would seem. However, everyone on the face of the planet, has at least one thing he or she could be thankful for. Another well-learned lesson is that being thankful is a prerequisite for future blessings. An old gospel song states” … the blessings will come down as the praise goes up…” and similarly the importance of gratitude can be measured from  the platitude “it is more blessed to give, than to receive.” It is my hope, that even though we as human beings like to receive more than we give; that we at least express our thanks as much as we receive. Following are the five things that I am perpetually thankful for.

  1. Life

One of the first things I am thankful for is life, for without life, there is nothing. As long as we can awake and can breathe in a new day, our world is filled with promise. Encyclopaedia Britannica has defined life as “living matter that shows certain attributes which include responsiveness, growthmetabolism, energy transformation, and reproduction,” basically all the functions that separate living organisms from dead ones.

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Our lives consist of twenty hours every day and as long as we are free from mental or physical confinement we choose how to fill those 24 hours; whether we are happy or sad, stressed or energetic, productive or lazy or any combination of the above. I chose to fill my 24 hours with happiness, productive time, relaxation and if possible, adventure.

 

  1. Family

As it happens, we are born into families and later if we are lucky, we also become part of creating a family. Family may be nuclear or extended but extends also into the wider group, the clan and the village. In today’s living arrangements, the clan is not as important as it used to be, for with private property; families rarely live in the same immediate location. I am thankful for my family which is God’s gift to me, inclusive of my ancestors who have paved our way. Despite the fact that relationships of any sort are not easy to maintain, the gift of people who are connected to you by blood is very special, truly unique and valuable. Trust me, if you don’t think so now you will see it later.

  1. Garden

My garden is a magical place for me, this is where there is time for thought, quiet reflection and where some of life’s problems may be solved. More importantly, the garden spells hope for life, self sufficiency and food security. I also love being able to take simple cures from the garden. A great man once said that “the land turns to gold in the hands of the wise”. Another sage also purported that if one looked deeply into nature, one would understand everything better. With all these great things said, what is there not to like about a garden?

 

  1. Relative freedom/liberty

Compared to some other countries in the world, where I live is a very peaceful and stable environment. Yes, we have our economic challenges but I would not trade this rock for anywhere else… at this point in my life.

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  1. Health

Last but certainly not least, health is one of the things for which I am thankful. Health is wealth. If there is ill health, gone is all the vigour and vitality to enjoy what  life has to offer, whether it is family, the garden or freedom. Health is the glue that holds it all together. Love and health are akin and can be found in everything that I enjoy as they bind life together in a very special package.

 

Conclusion

Thanksgiving by Ralph Waldo Emerson pretty much sums up  how I feel about all the things I am thankful for:

 

For each new morning with its light,
for rest and shelter of the night,
for health and food,
for love and friends,
for everything Thy goodness sends.

I have shared with you readers, five things in my life that I am eternally thankful for. Now it is your turn: What things do you value in your life?

Source

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/340003/life

Today’s Quote

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs

 

 

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Don’t worry, be happy

Inspiration

I found that I need recharging, some inspiration so that I could work smarter, rather than harder. The following quote provided theneeded adjustment I required, which put it all into perspective:

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
‒ Robert Louis Stevenson

It is my sincere hope that it does the same for you.

 

 

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Gardening Quote

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Thomas Jefferson

 

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Join  in this worthwhile, worldwide occupation, plant a garden, plant a seed,  find out how to, even  if you don’t have the space( see our video resources) and get help with your gardening needs at:

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Above all, Have fun with it!

Gardening Hints for New Gardeners by Fascha Oleyenkorvaiz

Gardening is an activity that every person can do. Even if you are convinced that you have a “black thumb” you can learn how to grow a garden. Give yourself time and eventually you’ll learn how to grow everything from flowers to food to trees! People fail at gardening because they assume that growing a garden is easy. While you should eventually find gardening quite simple, when you first start out there is quite a lot to learn. Planting and watering are only two parts of growing a successful garden. Here are a few tricks to that you can use to improve the quality of your first garden.

Decide which flowers and foods you want to grow before you begin the planting process. Do you love the idea of having your own rose garden? Have you been toying with the idea of growing your own herbs? Learn what you can about your plants before planting so that you can make sure to set up your garden correctly. Different plants require different types of care. You can easily avoid mistakes (like watering too often) if you learn everything you can about the plants you want to grow before you actually plants them. Other mistakes that can be avoided include putting the wrong nutrients into your soil Basically, making sure that you grow a great garden means that you have to do some research ahead of time.

Bell peppers make great additions to any garden. You can put these plants in direct sunlight (they love the sun) and they’ll grow in both containers and the ground. You won’t need to water them very often. Because these plants originated in arid places that did not get a lot of rainfall bell peppers actually seem to prefer dry soil. People who like to grown their own veggies and fruits love the bell peppers because there are so many different kinds to choose from. These are fruits that ripen quickly-usually between two and three months after they are planted-which is another reason they are so popular amongst beginning gardeners. These plants are incredibly low maintenance: make sure they get enough bright light, put some nutrients into their soil patches and water them once in a while and they will grow like gangbusters!

Composting is a great way to keep your garden healthy. Compost can be made at home without having to make any special purchases.

Beginning your own compost pile is easy. It can be made from fruit and vegetable scraps from your meals, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, old flowers that have died (the cuttings you’ve had in vases around your house are great for a compost pile), grass clippings, bedding from hamster, rabbits and guinea pig cages and even used paper! Just leave the meat out of it and your compost pile will be just fine. You have now grown your own fertilizer to use in your very own garden!

Gardening does not have to be difficult. If you have the right gardening hints handy you can grow a wonderful garden. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of time and knowledge to become a first rate gardener. It also can’t hurt to practice. Just be vigilant and eventually you will grow a wonderful garden. Nobody was born knowing instinctively how to create a successful garden-even experts had to start somewhere. Not one single gardener grew a perfect plant the first time he or she tried gardening.

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