This year I decided to grow some vegetables out on our small balcony. Since I’ve only lived in apts/condos since leaving for college at 17, gardening hasn’t been high on my to do list.
I started with a small investment. $2.00 to be exact for 4 tiny tomato plants and 4 tiny pepper plants, I already had the planter from last years’ incinerated flowers (too much sun) and the potting soil. I invested another $6 for fertilizer. I ended up only having room for 2 plants each in the planter.
Within a few weeks, the plants really grew. The tomatoes and peppers are about 3 feet high and are flowering. We’ve also added basil and a white habanero plant and a poinsettia from Christmas that I didn’t have the heart to throw out.
Each day I go out there and survey the progress, give water as needed, a little stick support when necessary. The vegetables are doing great but they’re not growing as quick as I thought they would. The progress seems really slow and I’m hankering for a caprese salad.
I realized the plants are just doing their thing. They don’t have a lack of commitment, low self esteem, they shouldn’t try being begonias, they don’t need to focus, they just need to keep doing what they do best with a little outside help from me.
It’s just a reminder to me that I can’t rush the process. Let the transition unfold with some nurturing each day and see what happens.
Eva Lewandowski MBA, is a certified Life Coach, certified EFT Practitioner, seminar leader, speaker and co-host of a weekly internet radio show “Corporate Talk with Charlie and Eva”. She is also a 30 year veteran of Corporate America as an IT consultant. Using the skills she learned in acting classes, life coaching and EFT certification training as well as her struggle with debilitating stage fright, she created, Stand Up and Be Heard!, a program that teaches professionals how to overcome their fear of the spotlight. She is also the author of “Put on Your Phone Face: Tips and Techniques for teleconferences and conference calls”.