Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 247 – Harvesting Experience

Offered up fifty cents for a lady at the Tigard farmer’s market so that she did not have to break a twenty dollar bill … Also, reaped the rewards of friendship and harvested a fun experience. 

This afternoon, I got a call today from my friend Tom who said he was on his way over. When he got to our house, he was with his daughter Jenna. His daughter presented us with some pesto she had made from basil that was grown in her garden. And like all delicious things from a garden, the basil in that pesto had been planted in the spring and nurtured over the summer until it produced that most wonderful herb.

As we talked, Jenna asked us if we wanted to ride our bikes with them over to the Mary Woodward Elementary school garden. The kids naturally wanted to go. I thought for a moment about the mountain of work I have to do. But after a moment’s hesitation I said, “Let’s go!” And we all headed off on our bicycles to one of the nicest school gardens I have ever seen.

The garden is a treat. Maintained in part by the school and one of the local governmental agencies, it is full of berries, vegetables, and flowers. Neighbors are invited to help maintain it by working in the garden and can help harvest the summer’s crops when school is out of session. There was even a sign that said we were welcome to cut a bouquet of flowers, which my daughter and I did.

I did not realize it until later, but like harvesting flowers, we had harvested an experience. The seeds were sown long ago when we planted the seeds of friendship. And through many years of nurturing and cultivating that friendship, we were presented an opportunity to harvest an experience that grew out of that friendship. The experience of a summer afternoon’s bike ride that both kids and adults enjoyed.

If we do not harvest the experiences our friendships have produced, it is like letting flowers wither in a garden without smelling them. Failing to take advantage of those spontaneous opportunities is like letting the basil plant dry up without making pesto. Working too much is just one way to let the seeds of friendship go to waste.

Experience. You can harvest it just like produce from your garden.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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