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August 14, 2013

As you know, I love to garden and have written about this several times in the past.  Well several days ago, Seth Godin, the blogger I follow also wrote about gardening.  Seth writes about business and marketing and things like that.  In this post he wrote about the difference between gardening and building.  And while I’m sure his intent and target audience is business people, it resonated with me.   Because as a gardener, I understand that there is seldom a clear finish with gardening.  That gardening takes time and effort.  And that some of it’s just about perseverance and enthusiasm.  And as Seth writes, great relationships, and really life,is more like gardening than building. It was a good reminder.

For those of you who don’t like having to clink on a link, I’ve included Seth’s blog content below.


Sky Report at 10:00 – I had to close the blind the sun was shining in so brightly

Yarn Strands: blue and white

Gardens, not buildings

Great projects start out feeling like buildings. There are architects, materials, staff, rigid timelines, permits, engineers, a structure.

It works or it doesn’t.

Build something that doesn’t fall down. On time.

But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again.

Perfection and polish aren’t nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.

By all means, build. But don’t finish. Don’t walk away.

Here we grow.


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  1. darolyn permalink

    I strolled your gardens today! They are beautiful! You are definitely a passionate gardener!

  2. Maam permalink

    Gardening, like life, is a work in progress often benefitting by pruning and growing again!

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